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Poitiers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Poitiers 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 Poitiers family


The surname Poitiers 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 Poitiers family


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Poitiers Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Potier, Pottier, Potiere, Pothier, Pothiere, Poitiers, Poitier, De Potier and many more.

Early Notables of the Poitiers family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Poitiers family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mrs. Poiter who settled with two children in Mississippi in 1820; another Mrs. Poiter settled with two children in New Orleans La. in 1821; Thomas Potier settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1794.

Contemporary Notables of the name Poitiers (post 1700)


  • Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), French noblewoman and a courtier
  • Lieutenant General Sir Francis Poitiers Nosworthy KCB DSO MC (1887-1971), British Army officer, Commander-in-Chief of West Africa Command during World War II

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