The Plückhahn Family originated in a Dutchy called Mecklenburg. A
duchy is a territory, fief, or domain ruled by a duke or duchess. It was
a small independent land that first appeared in the history books around
995 AD. Although it has be occupied by different empires, still retained
its uniqueness. Today Mecklenburg is a state in Northern Germany.
All Plückhahn Families originated in a narrow corridor starting
from Rostock in the north down to the border of Brandenburg to the south.
Some family records can also be found in the Prignitz district of Brandenburg.
You may have guessed that our Families where either Farmers or Farm hands.
They used to call Farm hands, land Laborers. Many of our family members
are still farming today. Most families back then were peasant farmers
who worked on land owned by wealthy landowners.
If you ever thought that a chicken was involved in our name you are right.
Our name is really 2 words put together.
The verb “plücken” is a Low German word from Mecklenburg meaning “to pluck”.
- The word Hahn mean “Roster”.
So the meaning of our name, Plückhahn is “to pluck a chicken (Roster)”
SO, if you have bone to pick with someone, you´re gifted with the best name
for that task. We translate our name in German with the expression "ein Huehnchen
zu rupfen haben"
Origin of our Name
I have heard different theories on the origin of our name.Below two stories family members have sent in.
The name could be derived from the profession of poultry dealer.
Or it could mean a chef that participates in the slaughter and plucking of poultry.
PLÜCKHAHN means to pluck a chicken, the verb "pluecken"is a Low
German word from Mecklenburg which is translated into German as "rupfen",
you see, Low German is sometimes quite near to English. SO, if you have bone
to pick with someone, you´re gifted with the best name for that - we translate
that in German with the expression "ein Huehnchen zu rupfen haben"
and that means to pluck a chicken.
There is a legend about the great hunt. These sporting events where on the great
lands of Royalty. Hahn is a wild bird in Mecklenburg. The great hunter who was
able to catch one first was honored with the plucking of the tail feather. And
so they called him PLÜCKHAHN, the one who was entitled to take a feather.
So our name came from an honored group of hunters
Spelling of our Name
The original Spelling was Plückhahn
Sometimes it is spelt using a "UE" instead of the umlaut "Ü",
when typing on an English only keyboard.
Over the years family membes have change the spelling. Here is a list of common