The surname of POWER was a derivation of the Old English word Poer. The name was taken to Ireland by early settlers, where it has become one of the fifty most common names. The name arrived as Le Poer with the Anglo-Normans into Ireland, at the end of the 12th century. The family first settled in County Waterford, and the original spelling of Poer did not vanish entirely, surviving in the title of Baron Le Poer, and in the last century, one family, which had long since called themselves Power, assumed instead the surname of de la Poer. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Early records of the name in England mention John le Poer who was recorded in County Yorkshire in the year 1273. Warin le Powre, was documented in County Yorkshire, in the year of 1300. Ralph de Power of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Robert Power married Elizabeth Gilbert at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1561. Susanna Power was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1669. The name in Gaelic is de Paor. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Gurteen La Poer. Co Waterford: Frances, widow of John Power Esq and mother of Edmund Power, Count De la Poer was authorized by Royal Licence to take the name of De la Poer in 1863. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms.
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