Powis Pages
Powis & variants One-name Study
Co-conspirators, sorry contributors :>)
Trudy Weaver [webmistress] Russell Powis,
Steve Poole, Tim Powys-Lybbe [TFPL] & Mick Powis
with many continued thanks to all involved

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Latest News

6th Oct 2020

After a long hiatus I've finally gotten back to doing something with this site, we have some new pages as you can see from the menu above.
The new War Graves tab now includes WW2 deaths as well as WW1 both thanks to Mick Powis
And the new DNA tab is courtesy of Tim (TFPL)

I've corrected some mistakes in the PersID numbers, hopefully I've managed to find them all this time.
I have also added some more recent Births and Marriages. Marriages now go up to Dec Qtr 1932 and Births go up to Jun 1918 at the moment.
I plan on adding up to Oct Qtr 1919 in the births, not sure about Marriages yet

If you sent suggestions for links and they aren't showing on site yet please re-send and I promise I'll get them done this time.

About the Powis One-Name Study

What is a one-name Study?
I feel the need to explain this as I get many emails from people asking for details of their personal ancestry.

A one-name study aims to document all instances of a particular surname around the world.

I chose the surname Powis/Powys as I was having trouble locating my 3rd great grandfather Joseph Powis, born in Gloucestershire somewhere between 1811 & 1815. I started collecting everything I could find on the surname Powis & variants, hoping to eliminate every other Joseph, leaving me with one...mine.

This website is a result of many years of research, simply documenting all the Powis/Powys names I could find in the BMDs and various UK Censuses. Trying to make sense of all the information I found, I decided to include a search function for others to try and find clues as to where their relatives may be hiding.

I have not done, nor do I have any intention of doing any specific research on any other tree than my own. I've had a lot of help along the way with fellow researchers sending me work that they have done and giving permission to include on the site, for which I am very grateful, this site wouldn't be what it is today without their input.

Origin of the surname

We do not know exactly when our family took the surname Powis but we can make an educated guess. We know that people called Powis appear in parish records in the late 15th century, in the north of Shropshire. It seems very likely that the surname was first used when our ancestors moved to England from Wales. Surnames had been used in England from the 13th century; they were not used in Wales until the 17th. A family moving to England would need a surname, and could well have used the area they moved from as such.

It is important to realise that Powis is not a typical Welsh surname. In fact it was almost certainly first used when our ancestors moved from near Meifod in present day Powys to North Shropshire. Most Welsh surnames only date from the 17th century and are almost always patronyms. John ap Richard or Ellen ferch Richard, son and daughter of Richard could take the surname Richards or Pritchard (ap Richard). ?Powis? probably dates from the 15th Century and was first used after the family settled in Shropshire.
[written by Mick Powis. To read the rest click here.]

Names included [when found] are:

Powis, Powiss, Powys, Powyss, Powes, Powess, Powice, Powies.
Plus an assortment of hyphenated Powis & Powys such as Powys-Lybbe,
Powys-Keck & others.



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