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The name Poore arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Poore 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 of England 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.
The surname Poore 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." 
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Poor, Poher, Poer, Poore and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poore research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1100, 1217, 1745, 1820, 1795 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Poore History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Poore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Poore or a variant listed above:
Poore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Poore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Poore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Poore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Poore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Poore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
The Poore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poore Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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