What does the name Powell mean?
Powell is a surname found often in England, but with very deep Welsh roots (it is still found often across Wales and the English border regions). Powell comes from the patronymic tradition of Wales, and refers to someone who is the son or descendant of Hywell or Howell. The Welsh prefix 'ap' was used to mean son of, and 'ap Hywell' quickly became 'Powell'.
The earliest occurrence of the Powell surname in our family history documents is from 1518, and we currently have 2,130,409 records where Powell appears.
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Typical jobs for Powells
Hard-working people, the Powells. 2233 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Powells lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Powell in London.
Powells’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Powells were angels, apparently. We found 2791 in criminal records.
Powells in World War I
According to the World War I records, 2914 Powells served in the First World War.