1172 and the Anglo/Norman
invasion of Ireland, the family name of Powers has been synonymous with
history of the country and its people.
first record of the name Powers was found in
Devonshire where the
family was granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their
assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
name is found on a tablet at Battle Abbey listing prominent survivors
battle of Hastings. ("Our Heritage: a Record of Information about the
Hynes, Waite, Powers, Chenault, Maxey, Brewster, Starr and McIntosh
Families," by Lee Powers Hynes, 1957, p. 59) This now Irish family
as a distinguished group in Devon where they were recorded as a family
as Lords of the manor and estates.
De La Poher was granted lands in Devon and was
Blackborough and father of Robert Poher who
accompanied Strongbow in the Irish invasion in 1172.
were granted the county of Waterford by
Strongbow and became active in the Government of both Waterford and the
The Powers family
Barons Donhill, Viscounts Balentin, and the Earls of Tyrone.
seats were at Kilmeadon, and they also
branched to Kilbolande and Rosskean in county Cork.
branch became the Barons Power.
branches in Waterford included Gurteen,
Lapoer, Clashmore, and Gardenmorres.
original settler Robert was killed in 1178 in South Kildare but his
and grandchildren established a name which would eventually become as
the natives of the land.
Powers surname has been listed as Power, Poer, Poher, and Powers and
changes in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son.
thing can be sure, however, all of these
Powers families originated from the same scion.
are several theories regarding the origins of the surname. I
have chosen to illustrate four of the most common for this
article. Personally, I subscribe to the last one mentioned as
it seems to be the most plausible.