The forbears of the name Powes once lived in Powys
, an ancient district in North Wales
. It was divided into the counties of Brecknock, Radnor, and Montgomery by the English in the late 13th century according to the terms of the Statute of Rhuddan.
Early Origins of the Powes family
The surname Powes was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Powes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Powes research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1719, 1688, 1713, 1714, 1648 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Powes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Powes Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. The earliest explanation for the preponderance of spelling variations is that when Welsh
surnames were in Welsh
and accordingly were difficult to translate into English. It was therefore up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Powes have included Powys
, Powis and others.
Early Notables of the Powes family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Thomas Powys
(1649-1719), from Henley Hall, Shropshire, Attorney General to King James II. He was chief prosecutor at the trial of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Powes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Powes family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Powes:
Powes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Powes, who landed in Virginia in 1664 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Powes Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Parta tueri
Motto Translation: Defend your acquisitions.