The Y-DNA of the Putman family that was once known as the Pootman family is an exact match with the De Plater family.
This is exciting news. Perhaps, the De Plater family is the Broel-Plater family from West Hemmerde, Germany, which is in the Ruhr Valley or Ruhrpott sometimes called just the Pott.
The Pootman/Putman family was also known as the Pottman family particularly in New Jersey, USA, and it seems that the family was anciently from the Ruhrpott. The name Ruhrpott means the Ruhr Basin. Pott is said to mean basin or scuttle. The Ruhrpott is also called the Kohlenpott, the Coal Scuttle.
The names Pootman, Pottman, Puttman, and Putman are common to this region. And, it is said that all the names mean pitman or miner from the Latin word "puteus", which means a pit or well. The Rutger Putmanus family of Germany used in its coat of arms a "puteimer" or a cleaning pail or bucket. "Putz" in Germany means to clean, and "eimer" means a bucket.
In Belgium the name Pootman seems to mean portman or gateman, and this terminology might also be true in Northeast Germany.
Anyway, it appears that today, there are Putnam's/Putman's in America whose Y-DNA is more distance to each other then the Y-DNA of today's De Plater family is to what appears to have been the Y-DNA of Johannes Pootman, which one American Putman today has as his Y-DNA.
I also note that the American Putman/Pootman family seems to come from Aalburg, North Brabant, Netherlands, which is across the Rhine River from the Town of Hemmert. The Broel-Plater family was from West Hemmerde, Germany. Both Hemmert and Hemmerde were known early on as "Hammerithi", which seem to mean "Hammer Woods". The name Plater may mean "Plate Metal Maker". A hammersmith is also known as a blacksmith. This area was the coal and iron area of Europe, and mining and smelting were common, here.
Mark R. Putnam