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Powell Family History

Powell Name Meaning
English (of Welsh origin): Anglicized form of Welsh ap Hywel ‘son of Hywel’, a personal name meaning ‘eminent’ (see Howell).Irish: mainly of Welsh origin as in 1 above, but sometimes a surname adopted as equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Phóil ‘son of the servant of St. Paul’ (see Guilfoyle).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Powell Families

  • Number of Powell families
     839 - 1,675
     280 - 838
     1 - 279
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Powell families
     2,434 - 4,866
     812 - 2,433
     1 - 811
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Powell families
     53 - 104
     18 - 52
     1 - 17
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Powell Family Origin

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Powell Immigration Information

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Powell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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