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Contributor Contrib.General9696 on 2/9/2019
Borne by the House of Plantagenet. Originated as a nickname for Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113-1151), father of King Henry II of England (1133-1189), who ascended the English throne in 1154. This name has traditionally been taken to mean a 'sprig of broom', which is an instance of a 'hairy shoot'. The last Plantagenet ruler was King Richard III of England (1452-1485), who was killed at Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485.