@misc{cogprints5457, volume = {28}, author = {Dr John S Plant}, editor = {Dr Carole Hough}, title = {Modern merthods and a controversial surname: Plant}, publisher = {Woolnough Bookbinding Ltd, Irthingborough, Northants}, journal = {Nomina: Journal of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland}, pages = {115--133}, year = {2005}, keywords = {onomastics surnames}, url = {http://cogprints.org/5457/}, abstract = {In the past few years, DNA testing has begun to contribute to our understanding. It is currently emerging more clearly which surnames are multi-origin, originating with many different forefathers, and which descend from a single male ancestor. As a case study, I shall describe the application of modern, multidisciplinary methods to the surname Plant, which has been ascribed a different meaning each time an authority has written about it. The recent emergence of a different view anout this name's origins has prompted a reassessment of its meaning.} }