Poterell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Poterell family

The surname Poterell was first found in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of the end of the twelfth century where Roger Poutrel and Galfrid Poterel are the first records of the family.

"It is possible that their name was derived from the manor of Potereau, in Normandy. It dates from the Conquest in England. One of the charters of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, to St. Werburgh's, contains the following entry: ' Robertus Pultrel dedit terram unicus carucm apud Masclefeld.' Ormerod tells us that 'Poynton, probably included, at the time of the Survey, in some part of the Earl's exten­sive domain in Macclesfield hundred, after an intermediate grant to the family of Poutrell, had passed to the Stokeports when the place from which they derived their name was erected into a barony about the time of Randle Blunde­vine.' Sir Galfrid Poutrell is mentioned in Cheshire during the reign of Henry VIII. In Leicestershire the Poutrells gave their name to Cotes-Poutrel, which they held of the Honour of Chester, and to Hoton-Poutrel, where they are found in 1235. 'It appears,' says Nichols, 'that Poutrel the lord of Cotes held lands in Prestwould and Wirneswould, and that part thereof belonged to the monastery of St. Ebrulf in Normandy, probably by gift of these Poutrels;' and here he quotes in corroboration a deed of the Conqueror's. " [1]

Early History of the Poterell family

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Poterell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Puterill, Putterill, Puttrell, Potterail, Pottrill, Powdrell, Powderill, Powdrill, Poutrel, Poutrell, Powdrill, Powndrell, Powtrell, Pontrel and many more.

Early Notables of the Poterell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Poterell family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Putterhall, who settled in Virginia in 1669.



  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3


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