Potvin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Potvin family

The surname Potvin was first found in Poitou, where Poitevin (Poetevin) is a regional language spoken in that area that dates back to at least the 13th century when it appeared in charters and legal documents at that time. People who spoke the languages were known as the Poitevins. Today, the Marais Poitevin (Poitevin Marsh) is a large area of marshland in western France, and has been historically used for farming; parts of the marsh are today a maze of islets and canals that attracts tourists worldwide and is nicknamed The Green Venice (la Venise Verte.) Podevin who lived in the 10th century, was a page of Duke Wenceslaus I of Bohemia and was the "page" in the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslaus."

Early History of the Potvin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Potvin research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1822 is included under the topic Early Potvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Potvin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Potvin, Potvan, Poitvin, Poitevin, Pottevin, Pottvin, Poittvin, Poiteuin and many more.

Early Notables of the Potvin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Potvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Potvin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Potvin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gabriel and Antoine Potvin, who settled in Carolina in 1695
Potvin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • François Potvin arrived from Maine in 1767

Canada Potvin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Potvin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Potvin, who arrived in Quebec in 1669 from Poitou
Potvin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Potvin, who settled in Quebec from Normandie in 1752
  • Jean Potvin from Gascogne settled in Quebec in 1765

Contemporary Notables of the name Potvin (post 1700) +

  • Robert L. Potvin, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 2000 [1]
  • Phil Potvin, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 102nd District; Elected 2012 [1]
  • Gregg R. Potvin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1952 [1]
  • George J. Potvin, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Rochester 4th Ward; Elected 1938 [1]
  • George Potvin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Putnam, 1918, 1920, 1926 [1]
  • Kevin Potvin (b. 1962), Canadian newspaper publisher and columnist, small business owner, and politician
  • Gilles Potvin (1923-2000), Canadian music critic and music historian
  • Roxanne Potvin (b. 1982), bilingual Gatineau, Quebec-based singer, blues guitarist, songwriter
  • Marc Potvin (1967-2006), Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League
  • Jean Rene Potvin (b. 1949), retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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