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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Powell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Powell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Powell Family Origin

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Powell Family Occupations

What did your Powell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Powell family was Agricultural Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Powell. The most common Powell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Powell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Powell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

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 UK, 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

What is the average Powell lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Powell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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