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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Powys, Powis and others.

First found in Shropshire , where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Powis settled in Virginia in 1649; Sarah Powys, who settled in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1686; John Powys, who came to South Carolina in 1683.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Powis
  • Carl Edgar Powis (1928-1999), American Major League Baseball player
  • Alfred Powis (1930-2007), Canadian Mining Company Director
  • Trevor Lynn Powis (b. 1949), retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward
  • Geoff Charles Powis (1945-2001), Canadian ice hockey player



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