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Early Origins of the Powdrell family

The surname Powdrell 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 Powdrell family

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Powdrell 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 Powdrell family (pre 1700)

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Australia Powdrell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Powdrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Powdrell, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. James Powdrell, English convict who was convicted in Knutsford (Nether Knutsford), Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 25th June 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Powdrell (post 1700) +

  • Ryan Marcus Powdrell (b. 1983), American NFL football fullback
  • Joseph W. Powdrell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1944, 1952 [4]
  • Walter Dutton Powdrell (1872-1921), New Zealand Reform Party Member of Parliament

  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
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th March 2022). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook