The surname Lepoer 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 Lepoer 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."
Early Origins of the Lepoer family
The surname Lepoer was first found in Devon
, where they were descended from Rivalon, Lord of Poncar, in Brittany
. Bartholomew Poher was granted lands in Devon
and was Lord of Blackborough and was father of Robert Poher (sometimes called Sir Roger or Robert le Poer) who accompanied Strongbow
in the Irish invasion in 1172. They were granted the county of Waterford
and became active in the Government of Waterford
and the whole of Ireland
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The original settler Robert was killed in 1188 but his many sons and grandchildren established a name which would eventually become as Irish as the native Irish. Another source provides more details: "The immediate descendant of Norman Le Poer, or Power, was Sir Roger Le Poer, Knt., who accompanied Strongbow
, and obtained for his services three considerable territorial grants. He was ancestor of the Lords de la Poer, now represented by the Marquess of Waterford
, and the many eminent families of Power in the South of Ireland, the Powers of Clashmore, Faithlegg, Kilfane, Belleville, etc." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lepoer family
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Lepoer Spelling Variations
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations
encountered while researching the name Lepoer. Some of these variations included: Power, Powers, le Poer and others.
Early Notables of the Lepoer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lepoer family to the New World and Oceana
In the mid-19th century, Ireland
experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant
farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine
of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families
left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Lepoer: John and Joan Power, who settled in Jamaica in 1654; Walter Power, who settled in Jamaica in 1685; William Power, who settled in Barbados in 1685; Catherine, Charles, Edward, George, James, John, Lawrence, Martin, Michael, Nicholas, Patrick, Thomas and William Power, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.