The name Poer came to England
with the ancestors of the Poer family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Poer 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
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.
Early Origins of the Poer family
The surname Poer was first found in Devon
. However, some of the family held a family seat
at Durrington in Wiltshire
since early times. "The church [of Durrington] is an ancient edifice with a pulpit of richly carved oak, and several of the pews are also embellished with carving, particularly the family pew of the Poores, which has a ceiling of oak, with an escutcheon of armorial bearings." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Poer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poer research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1100, 1237 and 1217 are included under the topic Early Poer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Poer Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Poor, Poher, Poer, Poore and others.
Early Notables of the Poer family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Poore or Poor (died 1237), a medieval English clergyman best known for founding of Salisbury Cathedral. He was probably the son of Richard of Ilchester, also known as Richard Toclive, who served as... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Poer family to Ireland
Some of the Poer family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Poer family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Poer or a variant listed above:
Poer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anthony Poer, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Poer Motto
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.