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Where did the Irish Power family come from? What is the Irish Power family crest and coat of arms? When did the Power family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Power family history?The surname Power came from a nickname for a poor man or a pauper. This name implies a voluntary vow of poverty rather than involuntary destitution. The surname Power is derived from the Old French word "povre," which comes from the Latin word "pauper," which means "poor". The Gaelic form of the surname is "de Paor," although the proper prefix would be "le."
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Power that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Power, Powers and others.
First found in Devon, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Power research. Another 375 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1188 are included under the topic Early Power History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Power Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Power:
Power Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Power Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Power Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Power Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Power 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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