Kollies Genealogy

What’s in a surname: Pover

1st occurrence in my family history: 4th Generation (Great Grandmother, Annie Everitt [Pover])

This interesting name has three possible origins, the first is an anglicized variant of the Olde French ‘Pohier’ - a medieval locational word meaning ‘the man from Picardy’. The second is from the Olde French ‘Pouvre’ - a sardonic nickname for a poor man, but probably referring to the opposite! The third is also French ‘Poer’ and means ‘power’ - again a nickname surname, and one found in the Munster Province of Ireland. The many spellings include Poor, Poore, Powers, Poher, Puiher etc. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter le Poher. which was dated 1162 The Pipe Rolls of Lincoln. during the reign of King Henry 11 The Builder 1154 - 1189.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


Sources:

 http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Pover#ixzz1YssqHiAZ

http://www.houseofnames.com/Pover-family-crest

http://www.your-family-history.com/p/pover-family-history.php

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