Powell (surname)

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Powell is a traditional Welsh surname. It is sometimes said to mean "Son of the Servant of St. Paul", but is more likely to be a patronymic from the Welsh first name Howel. The Old Celtic term "ap" means "son of", hence ap Howel was eventually spelled as Powell. At the time of the British Census of 1881 [1], the frequency of the surname Powell was highest in Brecknockshire (21.9 times the British average), followed by Radnorshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Glamorgan, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Deceased[edit]

  • Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. (1865 – 1953), prominent minister of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (1908 – 1972), minister and politician, first African American to become a powerful figure in the United States Congress
  • Alfred Hoare Powell (1865 – 1960) English Arts and Crafts architect, pottery decorator and artist
  • Anthony Powell (1905 – 2000), English novelist
  • Arthur William Baden Powell (1901 – 1987), New Zealand malacologist and paleontologist
  • Baden Powell (mathematician) (1796 – 1860), English mathematician; father of Robert Baden-Powell
  • Bill Powell (1916 – 2009), American golf course designer
  • Billy Powell (1952 – 2009), keyboardist of the American band Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Brian Powell (1973 – 2009), American baseball player
  • Bud Powell (1924 – 1966), jazz pianist and composer
  • Cecil Frank Powell (1903 – 1969), British physicist and Nobel laureate in physics
  • Cozy Powell (1947 – 1998), English drummer for bands such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Whitesnake
  • Dawn Powell (1896 – 1965), American writer of satirical novels and stories
  • Dick Powell (1904 – 1963), American singer, actor, producer, and director
  • Dilys Powell (1901 – 1995), British journalist, author, and film critic
  • E. Alexander Powell (1879 – 1957), American war correspondent during World War I and author
  • Eileen Louisa Powell (1913 – 1997), Australian trade unionist and women's activist
  • Eleanor Powell (1912 – 1982), American actress and dancer
  • Enoch Powell (1912 – 1998), British politician
  • Ernest Powell (1861 – 1928) was an English cricketer
  • Felix Powell (1878 – 1942), Welsh song writer, best known for "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile"
  • Frank Powell, stage and silent film actor, screenwriter, and director
  • George Henry Powell (1880 - 1951), Welsh songwriter, wrote the lyrics for "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile"
  • Israel Wood Powell (1836 – 1915), a politician in early British Columbia, Canada, notable as an Indian Commissioner whose commission is important in the history of aboriginal affairs in that province
  • Jody Powell (1943 – 2009), White House press secretary for Jimmy Carter
  • John Wesley Powell (1834 – 1902), American soldier, geologist, and explorer of the American West
  • Lewis Thornton Powell (1844 – 1865), assassin, confederate soldier, hanged as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination
  • Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (1907 – 1998), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Mel Powell (1923 – 1998), American jazz pianist and composer
  • Michael Powell (1905 – 1990), British film director
  • Philip Powell (architect) (1921 – 2003), British architect
  • Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857 – 1941), British Army lieutenant-general; founder of the world Scouting Movement
  • Roger Powell (1896 – 1990) was an English bookbinder.
  • Ron Powell (footballer) (1929–1992), goalkeeper who played for Chesterfield
  • Sandy Powell (comedian) (1900 – 1982), English comedian best known for his radio work of the 1930s
  • Seth Powell (1862–1945), Wales international footballer
  • Vince Powell (1928–2009), British sitcom writer
  • Wick Powell (1905 – 1973), Welsh international rugby union footballer
  • Wickham Powell (1892 — 1961), Welsh international rugby union and rugby league footballer
  • William Powell (1892 – 1984), American actor
  • William G. Powell (1871 – 1955), Marine Corps Brevet Medal recipient

Living[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Colleen Powell, character in the Australian TV series Prisoner
  • Herbert 'Herb' Powell, Homer Simpson's half brother
  • Powell, various family members on No Ordinary Family television series
  • sergeant Al Powell is the only ally of McClane, the cop that has to face terrorist in the Die Hard movie