Powell Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Howell, Powel, Dowell, Bowell, Oswell, Rowell, Mowell, Cowell, Power

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Powell Family Origin

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Powell Family Occupations

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In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Powell. 17% of Powell men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Powell women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Powell were Truck Driver and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper

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

Powell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Powell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Powell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 125,000 immigration records available for the last name Powell. 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 Card

There are 234,000 military records available for the last name Powell. For the veterans among your Powell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Powell Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Powell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Powell in 1940 was 45, and 72 in 2004.

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