Origin of the Name Powers
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Powers includes Poor, Poore and Power. This is a nickname meaning 'The Poor' and is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above countries. Examples of such are a John le Poer, County Yorkshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273 and a Susanna Pore was baptised in Saint James, Clerkenwell, in the year 1667. A John Powre, was a witness at Tullyhow, Kynfawnis, Scotland , in the year 1539. The Powers of Ireland came with the Normans, in Strongbows 12th century invasion. They owned vast estates in Wicklow and Waterford, where as Marquesses of Waterford , they still maintain Curraghmore House. William Grattan Tyrone Power, of Waterford, was a leading Irish actor on the English stage. Tyrone Power, the film star, was his great grandson.
The Powers coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Powers descendants.