The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Poust was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a proud, haughty, or brave
being derived from the Old French word prous.
Early Origins of the Poust family
The surname Poust was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. However, some remained in Normandy
as Drogon Prose was listed there in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Poust family
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Poust Spelling Variations
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 Prouse, Prouze, Prowse, Prowze, Prouz, Prowes and others.
Early Notables of the Poust family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Poust family to the New World and Oceana
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 Poust or a variant listed above:
Poust Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Julien Poust, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1921
- Michael Poust, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
- W. Poust, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Poust (post 1700)
- Tracy Poust, American five-time Primetime Emmy nominated producer and writer