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The first bearer of the name Powe most likely took on this name based on an early member of the family who was a peacock. It was a nickname given to people known for their florid manner and pride in their appearance. Nicknames were a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and were a type of hereditary surname. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Powe Early Origins



The surname Powe was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Blackborough. The family can trace their ancestry to 846 in Brittany to the Lords of Poncar. Descended were the Viscounts of Poncar in the 11th century. Accompanying William the Conqueror at Hastings in 1066, they were granted lands in Devon.

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Powe Spelling Variations


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Powe Spelling Variations



There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Poe, Po, Poee, Pow, Pough and others.

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Powe Early History


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Powe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Powe research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1299 are included under the topic Early Powe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Powe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Powe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Powe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Powe In Ireland


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Powe In Ireland



Some of the Powe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Records show the name Powe in some of the earliest immigrant records of North America:

Powe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gavin Powe, who landed in South Carolina in 1740

Powe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Powe, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Powe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Powe (post 1700)



  • Jerrell Quartez Powe (b. 1987), American NFL football nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Leon Powe Jr. (b. 1984), American professional NBA basketball power forward
  • D. D. Powe, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Choctaw County, 1933
  • Bruce William Powe (b. 1955), Canadian writer poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, and teacher
  • Darroll Bradley Powe (b. 1985), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre and left winger who plays for the New York Rangers

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Powe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Powe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 November 2016 at 15:17.

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