Last name: Powney

This interesting name is locational from the Hamlet of Pownall in Cheshire, originally recorded as 'Pohenhale' and pronounced locally as Powney - the variant of the name. The meaning is probably "The Place (Halh) on the marshy ground (Polra)", from the Olde English pre 6th Century. It is also possible that some of the name holders as 'Powney' derive from the Olde French 'Poigneor' meaning a 'Fighter a Pugilist' as in Geoffrey le Poinnur - 1220, Essex, but this is not proven. Locational names were given to former inhabitants who moved to another village, this was a source of considerable spelling errors and variants. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Edmund Powney. which was dated 1661, Old Windsor, Berkshire (Grant of Arms). during the reign of King Charles II, The Merry Monarch, 1660 - 1685. 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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paul serrio
does anyone no of a Peter Powney , who lived in Birkdale Southport in the 1950s, if he was still alive he would be in his late 80s.

pamela powney
Hi Harry My husbands great grandparents weren't from Penkridge they actually came from Lower Gornal Staffordshire Their son John Henry was born in Penkridge they moved around a lot eventually ending up in manchester. Do you know your great grandfather's wife's christian name? ln case you don't have this information l received a lot of help wth my husbands family from a family history site called www.genesreunited.co.uk Genuinely nice people did look ups for me on the census' The 1881 is actually free to view online. They helped enormously with finding place of births, addresses, parents and siblings names and occupations and possible disabilities. lf you become a member l am on there. Pam

Harry Powney
Hi Pamela Sorry for the spelling of Penkridge, I copied it from a link somewhere. I don't have much detail unfortunately. From what I can gather my Great Grandfather was a Powell and took the name Powney from his wife so initialy their children were Powell-Powney's and then Powell was dropped by my Grandfather

Harry Powney
Hello, I'm Harry Powney currently reside in Nuneaton. My father Willfred Powney from Ansley nr Atherstone My Grandfather Harry Powney from Penkerage Staffordshire after that.....?

pamela powney
My husband's family trace back to Staffordshire 1700s l can't get further back than that.

John powney
I'm a Powney living in Devon, where can I look door more info