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Modern Distribution of Plant-like names in France

Plant in France

A telephone website, working at January 2012) showed the distribution in France of 215 with the surname Plant. By searching for other names, it also showed for example the distribution of 817 people with the surname spelling Plante.

This on-line French Telephone Directory, called Infobel, seems no longer to be available but, at the beginning of the current century, it listed various Plant-like names in France, including Plante/Plantie/Planty around Gacony (SW France) and Plantard mainly in Brittany (NW France). The following information for Plant-like names in France was extracted from it.

817 entries mainly clustered around Gascony in SW France (with a further 32 entries for Plante in a Telephone Directory for Spain)
127 in N American French teritories, 64 in Pyrenees-Atlantique, 42 in Haute-Garonne, 41 in Gironde, 37 in Lot-et-Garonne, 35 in Gers, 28 in Landes, 23 in Haute-Pyrenees (apart from N America, these aggregate for regions into 170 in Aquitaine and 100 in neighbouring Midi-Pyrenees)
There were also early occurences around Brittany with 154 entries in 1607-1892 births at Pleguien and 74 entries in 1533-1792 births at Pluzunet.
Planty and Plantie
105 entries for Planty and 102 entries for Plantie are scattered mostly around the peripheries of the SW France region where Plante is found
Planty 13 in Tarn, 9 in Charente-Maritime, 7 in Haute-Garonne, 7 in Vienne, 5 in Charente, 5 in Maine-et-Loire (these aggregate, for regions, into 21 in Poitou-Charentes, 20 in Midi-Pyrenees, and 5 in Pays de la Loire)
Plantie 16 in Aude, 11 in Haute-Garonne, 10 in Lot-et-Garonne, 9 in Ariege, 8 in Gers (these aggregate, for regions, into 28 in Midi-Pyrenees, 16 in Languedoc-Roussillon, and 10 in Aquitaine)
49 entries clustered mainly around midway along the Atlantic coast of western France
16 in Deux-Sevres, 5 in Loire-Atlantique (these are respectively in the regions of Poitou-Charentes and neighbouring Pays de la Loire)
87 entries mainly midway along the Atlantic coast of western France
67 in Loire-Atlantique (this Department is in the region of Pays de la Loire)
58 entries clustered mainly near Limoges in west central France
18 in Correze, 5 in Haute-Vienne (both these Departments are in the region of Limousin)
334 entries clustered mainly around Toulouse in SW France
39 in Haute-Garonne, 37 in Tarn-et-Garonne, 20 in Tarn, 19 in Paris, 18 in Cantal, 14 in Correze (apart from Paris, these aggregate for regions into 96 in Midi-Pyrenees, 18 in Auvergne, and 14 in Limousin)
425 entries clustered mainly around Brittany in NW France
63 in Marbihan, 54 in Loire-Atlantic, 28 in Ille-et-Vilaine, 18 in Maine-et-Loire (these aggregate of regions into 91 in Bretagne and 72 in neighbouring Pays de la Loire)
with a smaller cluster in eastern France
27 in Saone-et-Loire, 24 in Nievre, 16 in Haute-Savoie (these aggregate for regions into 51 in Bourgogne and 16 in neighbouring Rhone-Alpes)
1014 entries clustered in eastern France (around Lyons)
111 in Isere, 93 in Gard, 82 in Rhone, 79 in Drome, 69 in Ardeche, 46 in Ain (these aggregate for regions into 387 in Rhone-Alpes and 93 in neighbouring Languedoc-Roussillion)
63 entries clustered, apart from Paris, mainly in Dauphiny in eastern France near the Italian border (with 80 further occurences of Planta in a Telephone Directory for Italy)
15 in Drome, 9 in Paris, 6 in Ardeche, 4 in Isere, 4 in Var
516 entries clustered, apart from Nord, in the SE of France
91 in Haute-Loire, 41 in Nord, 33 in Puy-du_Dome, 24 in Rhone, 16 in Herault (these aggregate for regions into 124 in Auvergne, 41 in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, 24 in Rhone-Alpes, 16 in Languedoc-Rousillion)
52 entries clustered mainly on the Channel coast around Rouen
28 in Seine-Maritime (this Department is in the region Haute-Normandie)
59 entries clustered around the northern tip of France near Lille
26 in Nord, 6 in Pas-de-Calais, 5 in Gironde (these aggregate for regions into 32 in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and 5 in Aquitaine)

Other Plant-like names in France include Plantefol (17 occurrences), Plantavin (17), Plantevigne (16), Plantinet (12).

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