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.



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


  1. ^ "Powell Surname Meaning". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 20 January 2014