Power, de/le Paor A surname of Cambro-Norman origin from le poer meaning ‘poor man’ consequent upon a vow of poverty. A family of the surname first settled in Waterford and spread both east and west, subsequently they became completely hibernicized. In 1890 it was the fifty-fourth most numerous surname and the estimated number of bearers was 12,100. It was the most common name in Waterford. In that year the surname was chiefly found in Waterford, Cork, Dublin, Tipperary, Wexford, Kilkenny and Limerick. In the United States Powers is the 314th most numerous surname with an estimated 96,250 bearers, and Power is the 2,665th most numerous surname with an estimated 13,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 Power was the 441st most numerous surname.
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