TY - GEN ID - cogprints5985 UR - http://cogprints.org/5985/ A1 - Plant, Dr John S Y1 - 2005/// N2 - 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 about this name's origins has prompted a reassessment of its meaning. PB - Woolnough Bookbinding Ltd, Irthingborough, Northants KW - onomastics surnames TI - Modern methods and a controversial surname: Plant SP - 115 AV - public EP - 133 ER -