Place Family History
Place Name Meaning
English and French: topographic name for someone who lived in the main market square of a town or village from Middle English Old French place (from Late Latin platea (via) ‘broad street free public open space in a town’). Compare French Laplace . English: topographic name for someone who lived near a quickset fence from Middle English pleis (from Latin plexum past participle of plectere ‘to plait or weave’). French (Placé): habitational name from a place so named in Mayenne.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press