Powell (surname)

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Powell is a surname of Welsh origin. It is a patronymic from the Welsh first name Howell and the prefix "ap" meaning "son of", ap Howell thus evolved into 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