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

The name Poore arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Poore family lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to one of two places, Picardy, France, or Puers, Belgium, either of which could have been the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. At this time those who gailed from Picardy were referred to as Pohiers, and it was in this form that the name was probably first brought to England.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Poor, Poher, Poer, Poore 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poore research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Poore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Poore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Poore or a variant listed above:

Poore Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Innocent Poore, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Poore, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Abram Poore, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Poore, aged 20, landed in New England in 1638
  • Daniel Poore, aged 14, arrived in New England in 1638


Poore Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • David Poore, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Mary Poore, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Tho Poore, who arrived in Virginia in 1706

Poore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Poore, who arrived in Virginia in 1884

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  • Benjamin Perley Poore (1820-1887), prominent American newspaper correspondent, editor, and author
  • Martin Poore, Ecologist
  • Roger Dennistoun "Dennis" Poore (1916-1987), British entrepreneur and financier
  • Matt Beresford Poore (b. 1930), New Zealand former international cricketer
  • Robert Montagu Poore (1866-1938), Irish born cricketer who played three Tests for the South African cricket team
  • Sir John Methuen Poore (1745-1820), 1st Baronet of Rushall in the County of Wiltshire
  • Sir Edward Poore (1795-1838), 2nd Baronet
  • Sir Edward Poore (1826-1893), 3rd Baronet
  • Sir Richard Poore (1853-1930), 4th Baronet
  • Sir Edward Poore (1894-1938), 5th Baronet


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  • Descendants of Samuel Poore, 1620-1683, and his Wife, Rebecca, Of Newbury, Massachusetts, through Five Generation by C. Danford.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pauper non in spe
Motto Translation: Not poor in hope.

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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Poore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poore 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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