The surname Povere came from a nickname
for a poor man or a pauper. This name implies a voluntary vow of poverty rather than involuntary destitution. The surname Povere is derived from the Old French word "povre," which comes from the Latin word "pauper," which means "poor." The Gaelic form of the surname is "de Paor," although the proper prefix would be "le."
Early Origins of the Povere family
The surname Povere was first found in Devon
, where they were descended from Rivalon, Lord of Poncar, in Brittany
. Bartholomew Poher was granted lands in Devon
and was Lord of Blackborough and was father of Robert Poher (sometimes called Sir Roger or Robert le Poer) who accompanied Strongbow
in the Irish invasion in 1172. They were granted the county of Waterford
and became active in the Government of Waterford
and the whole of Ireland
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The original settler Robert was killed in 1188 but his many sons and grandchildren established a name which would eventually become as Irish as the native Irish. Another source provides more details: "The immediate descendant of Norman Le Poer, or Power, was Sir Roger Le Poer, Knt., who accompanied Strongbow
, and obtained for his services three considerable territorial grants. He was ancestor of the Lords de la Poer, now represented by the Marquess of Waterford
, and the many eminent families of Power in the South of Ireland, the Powers of Clashmore, Faithlegg, Kilfane, Belleville, etc." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Povere family
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Povere Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations
for the name Povere include: Power, Powers, le Poer and others.
Early Notables of the Povere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Povere family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Povere: John and Joan Power, who settled in Jamaica in 1654; Walter Power, who settled in Jamaica in 1685; William Power, who settled in Barbados in 1685; Catherine, Charles, Edward, George, James, John, Lawrence, Martin, Michael, Nicholas, Patrick, Thomas and William Power, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.