The Poitier surname comes from the Old French word "pot," meaning a "drinking vessel;" as such, it is thought to have been an occupational
name for a maker of drinking or storage vessels.
Early Origins of the Poitier family
The surname Poitier was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where they held a family seat
at Courcy, an ancient castle and dukedom that played such an important role in the defense of northern and eastern France. The house of Potier would eventually be elevated to the Dukes of Gevres, and the Dukes of Tresmes, and Gevres, who held a family seat in Brittany.
Early History of the Poitier family
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Poitier Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Potier, Pottier, Potiere, Pothier, Pothiere, Poitiers, Poitier, De Potier and many more.
Early Notables of the Poitier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Poitier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Poitier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Jean Baptiste Poitier, who arrived in Quebec in 1670 from Picardy
- Philippe Poitier, who arrived in Quebec in 1679 from Saintonge via Bordeaux
Contemporary Notables of the name Poitier (post 1700)
- Sir Sidney Poitier (b. 1927), Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, diplomat and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Earl Poitier (b. 1974), American actor
- Sydney Tamiia Poitier (b. 1973), American actress, daughter of Sidney
- Melanie Susan Poitier (1947-1981), better known as Suki Potier, was an English model