Plate Family History
Plate Name Meaning
German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of plate armor, from Middle High German blate, plate, Middle Dutch plate ‘plate’, ‘armor plating’. German: habitational name from a place so named in Mecklenburg. Dutch: from West Flemish plate ‘plaice’, possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble a flat fish, or a metonymic occupational name for a catcher or seller of these fish.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press