Hello my name is Martin Keith Plumley, I was born in Beckley,WV. in august of 1960 to Alma Jane Brooks and Wendall Martin Plumley.I've just recently became interested in my family background and I ran across this site and thought I would add what I have,which is really not much and may be totally useless. About 5yr ago my wife had my name ran on a computer database and this is what she got back,I do not know the source or whether any of it is true. Here it is word for word.
The surname of Plumley is of French origin, derived from Plunket, an occupational name originally, a maker of coarse woolen cloth, a blanket maker. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 11th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not untill the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The family arrived in Ireland at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion, and became one of the most distinguished in Irish history. Plunkett is the name of a family who settled in Beaulieu or Bewley in County Meath, Ireland, in the early 13th century. They have held the barony of Dunsany since around 1462, and received the earldom of Fingall in 1628. Early records of the name mention Joceus de Plukenet, who was documented in 1273, in Ireland. Edward Plunket, of Ireland, registered at Oxford University in 1574. The name is also spelt Plunket. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory,Ulster King of Arms 1884. The origin of badges and emblems are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those who had borne arms at Agincourt. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.
Arms- Sable a bend argent in the sinister point a tower triple-towered of the last.
Crest- A horse passant argent.
Motto- Festina Lent
Hasten with caution
Well there it is, don't know if any is true but someone may know a little about heraldry and could possibly shed some light on this.
If anyone can tell me about my family in WV I would be very gratefull, as I know very little about my fathers family, he died 3 mo. after I was borne, and my mother did not get along with his family very well so I have lost track of everyone. I remember one other thing, my fathers brother was Bruce Plumley, there may have been others. Happy Holidays from Keith and Judie Plumley in Memphis,TN.