Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Irish: (of Norman origin): habitational name from a
metathesized form of Plouquenet in Ille-et-Villaine, Brittany, so
named from Breton plou ‘parish’ (from Latin plebs
‘people’) + Guenec, the personal name (a diminutive of
guen ‘white’) of a somewhat obscure saint. As an Irish name, it
has been Gaelicized as Pluincéid.
- English and Irish: alternatively, it may
be a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of blankets,
from Middle English blaunket (Anglo-Norman French
blancquet, a diminutive of blanc ‘white’), but
replacement of b by p is not usual in English.
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