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Where did the English Pover family come from? What is the English Pover family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pover family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pover family history?

The origins of the Pover surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person with the characteristics of an owl. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk-tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pover has been spelled many different ways, including Povey, Povy and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pover research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1705, 1650, 1660, 1690, 1706, 1702 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Pover History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pover family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Povers to arrive in North America:

Pover Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Pover, aged 48, landed in New York in 1812

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The Pover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pover Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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