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Power Name Meaning

Irish (Leinster and Munster) and English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from Pois, a place in Picardy (said to have been named with Old French pois ‘fish’ because of its well-stocked river), from Old French Pohier ‘native of Pois’. English: nickname for a poor man, or ironically for a miser, from Middle English, Old French povre, poure ‘poor’ (Latin pauper). Woulfe gives this also as the meaning of the Norman Irish name, which in early records is found as le Poer, believing it to be a nickname for someone who has taken a vow of poverty.

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

Similar surnames: Gower, Tower, Bower, Mower, Lower, Poer, Kober, Powe, Poser, Poyer

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Power Family Origin

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Power Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Power. 13% of Power men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Power women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Power were Incapacitated and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant

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

Power Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Power. 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 54,000 military records available for the last name Power. For the veterans among your Power ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Power Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Power life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Power in 1942 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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