This interesting surname is of Welsh origin, and is a locational name from Powys. The new division of Wales into counties has brought back the name Powys; in the medieval period it was the name of the princedom of north-east Wales. During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name. John de Powis is recorded in 1318, and John Powys is listed as one of the King's Yeomen in the Caernarvon Court Rolls (1305). In the modern idiom the surname can be found as Powys, Powes and Powis. Recordings of the surname from English Church Registers include: the christening of Mary, daughter of Wyllyam and Jane Powys, on October 6th 1541, at Dymock, Gloucestershire; the marriage of Anna Powes and Henricus Longe at Shipton, Shropshire, on January 17th 1542; and the marriage of Thomas Powis and Elizabeth Coote on November 2nd 1550, at Shipton, Shropshire. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is gold with a red lion rampant and a red canton, the Crest being a red lions gamb erased grasping a gold sceptre, on the top a gold fleur-de-lis. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ernold de Powis, which was dated 1148, in the "First Century of English Feudalism", Herefordshire, during the reign of King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Powys — Principal Area Verwaltungssitz Llandrindod Wells Fläche 5.196 km² Einwohner 131.700[1] (2009) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • POWYS (J. C.) — Powys est une des figures les plus fortes de la littérature contemporaine. Si Miller et Dreiser le considèrent comme un génie, d’autres sont plus impressionnés par le gigantisme de ses romans et par la complexité d’une nature travaillée… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Powys — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Powys Escudo Mapa …   Wikipedia Español

  • Powys — (John Cowper) (1872 1963) écrivain anglais: Givre et Sang (1925), Autobiographie (1934), les Sables de la mer (1934) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Powys — Powys1 [pō′is] 1. John Cowper [ko͞o′pər] 1872 1963; Eng. novelist & critic 2. T(heodore) F(rancis) 1875 1953; Eng. novelist: brother of John Cowper Powys2 [pō′is, pou′is] county in central Wales: 1,958 sq mi (5,071 sq km); pop. 118,000 …   English World dictionary

  • Powys — This article is about the county of Wales. For the ancient kingdom, see Kingdom of Powys. Powys (pronounced IPA2|ˈpæw.ɪs Pow [rhyme with cow ] is [as in list ] by most English speakers, but with a full, rounded, accent on the first syllable… …   Wikipedia

  • Powys — 52°18′N 3°25′W / 52.3, 3.417 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Powys — /poh is/, n. 1. John Cowper, 1872 1963, English author. 2. his brother, Llewelyn, 1884 1939, English author. 3. his brother, Theodore Francis, 1875 1953, English author. 4. a county in E Wales. 100,800; 1960 sq. mi. (5077 sq. km). * * * County… …   Universalium

  • Powys — I Powys   [ pəʊɪs], Verwaltungs Distrikt in Wales, 5 196 km2, 122 300 Einwohner, Verwaltungssitz ist Llandrindod Wells. Powys erstreckt sich in den Cambrian Mountains, die im Süden der County den Brecon Beacons National Park bilden. Im Osten… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Powys — noun 1. British writer of novels about nature; one of three literary brothers (1872 1963) • Syn: ↑John Cowper Powys • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author 2. British writer of essays; one of three literary brothers (1884 1939) • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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