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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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