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Anyone heard of the ancient Poag-Kiss name story?
Posted by: Sean Poage (ID *****4761) Date: July 07, 2008 at 04:48:52
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I am trying to track down the ancient history side of the Poage/ Poag name. A long time ago I read a short piece that talked about how the Poage name came into being. I can't find the story now, so I am hoping someone might have a copy of it.

I've heard two versions of how it happened. The first was the written one I saw, a story using pretty old language ("a strong Gael with a leal heart") of how the king and his entourage were out hunting when a traitor was about to sneak up and attack the king. One of the warriors in the entourage saw him, and "slew him with a single blow of his mighty fist", or something like that. The king was so thankful that he grabbed the warrior and gave him a kiss (presumably on the forehead) and said that for ever on, he would be (whatever his name was) "of the Kiss", and that became the family name.

The other version of the story is that the king was attacked by a wild boar and was saved by the warrior, who killed it with a single arrow, followed by the same kiss.

Interestingly enough, the family crest shows a boar with an arrow piercing it, which could relate to the boar story, or it could be symbolic of the first story, commemorating the death of the traitor as a boar with an arrow through it.

Pog / Poag is Gaelic for kiss, and while the name is said to be a derivative of Pollok, which is derived from the Gaelic word for "small pool", I think it is a stretch to go from Pollok to Poag. I think it is more likely that the Poag's family came from the same region as the Pollok's, and may have been a retainer (like a knight, though I think the story precedes the classical medieval period of knights) family to one of the ruling families.

Has anyone heard anything about these stories? Thanks!

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