De Paor, Le Poer
Power is originally a Norman name. The first settlers in Ireland were located in Co. Waterford in the southern province of Munster, where they owned large estates. The name they were originally known by, le Poer, actually means ‘poor’, although the family were by no means impoverished. The name is among the top 100 most numerous surnames in Ireland, and remains most common in the clan’s original homeland of Co. Waterford.