Pouthier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pouthier family

The surname Pouthier 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 Pouthier family

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Pouthier Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pouthier family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pouthier family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Potvin(1669) arrived in Quebec from Poitou; Charles Potvin settled in Quebec from Normandie in 1752; Jean Poitvin settled in Quebec in 1737 from Brittany.


Contemporary Notables of the name Pouthier (post 1700) +

  • Antoine Eléonor Pouthier de Gouhelans, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [1]


  1. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Antoine Pouthier. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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