According to a Leeper descendant, we need to also look at the name le Poer. There was a Robert le Poer who took part in the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century and was granted substantial lands in Co. Waterford by Henry II. They go on to say that the original family name was 'de Poher', which means someone from the Poher region of Brittany. But other sources contradict this. The surname (le Poer) meaning 'the poor man' may have been the result of taking a vow of holy poverty. They go on to say that the name is tied with the Norman Powers that settled in Co. Waterford. Of course more research would have to be completed for this tie to be accepted.
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