Poorman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Poorman is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Poorman 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.

Another source notes "Poore was the equivalent not of 'pauper,' but of 'puer' or the Norman 'poer,' a knight or cadet of good family." [1]

Early Origins of the Poorman family

The surname Poorman 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." [2]

Roger le Poer (died 1186), was "one of the conquerors of Ireland, belonged to a family which is said to have derived its name from Poher, one of the ancient divisions of Brittany. In the reign of Henry II, William le Poer held lands in Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire, and Robert le Poer in Oxfordshire. Roger, Robert, William, and Simon le Poer are all said to have taken part in the conquest of Ireland." [1]

His son Robert le Poer ( fl. 1190), was one of the marshals in the court of Henry II.

About the same time, Herbert Poor or Pauper (died 1217), was Bishop of Salisbury, son of Richard of Ilchester and a few years later, his younger brother, Richard Poor, Poore, Poure or Le Poor (died 1237) was Bishop of Chichester, Salisbury, and Durham.

Early History of the Poorman family

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Poorman Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Poor, Poher, Poer, Poore and others.

Early Notables of the Poorman 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Poorman family to Ireland

Some of the Poorman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Poorman migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Poorman or a variant listed above:

Poorman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Poorman, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Samuel Poorman, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Winfield S. Poorman, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1920
  • J.T. Poorman, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Joseph J. Poorman, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Poorman (post 1700) +

  • Christian L. Poorman (b. 1825), American politician in the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Secretary of State (1892 to 1893)
  • Thomas Iverson Poorman (1857-1905), American Major League Baseball outfielder and pitcher
  • Elizabeth L. Poorman, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 20th District, 1922 [3]
  • Edward F. Poorman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1920, 1924 [3]
  • Christian L. Poorman (d. 1907), American politician, Secretary of State of Ohio, 1891-93 [3]
  • Charles E. Poorman, American politician, Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1918-19 [3]
  • Andrew J. Poorman, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1916 [3]
  • A. J. Poorman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920 [3]

The Poorman 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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