Powis is a surname that research shows has been established since the tenth century. The earliest documentation of the surname was found in 1056 in the county of Kent in England. This was a regular term during the Middle Ages in Northern England, but now the name is fairly widespread around Northern Europe. The surname went global in the sixteenth and seventeenth century with the growth of the British empire.
Throughout the world there are approximately 87011 people with this last name. A late nineteenth century Powis was noted as liking a drink after police allegedly escorted him out of no less than 8 pubs in a single evening. A tarnished past is evident, particularly around the winter of 1899 when Charles Powis stole a bicycle and was sentenced to jail.