Meaning and Origin of: Poe

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : nickname from Old Norse ‘peacock’ (see Peacock). This surname is also established in Ireland.
  • Poe is a common surname found in the 17th and 18th centuries in VA and SC. The ancestors of the poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49) were of Scotch-Irish descent, having emigrated from Ireland to Lancaster Co., PA, in about 1748.