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Powel Family History

Powel Name Meaning

English: variant of Powell. North German: from a form of the personal name Paul.

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


Similar surnames: Poel, Powell, Pawel, Poll, Godel, Howe, Morel, Powe, Pavel, Bogel

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Where is the Powel family from?

You can see how Powel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Powel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Powel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 68 Powel families living in Tennessee. This was about 12% of all the recorded Powel's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Powel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Powel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Powel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Powel. 21% of Powel men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Powel women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Powel were Clerk and Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Powel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Powel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Powel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Powel. For the veterans among your Powel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Powel lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Powel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Powel in 1945 was 61, and 65 in 2004.

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