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The POWELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 216,553 91 0.080 803
United States (1880 census) 42,654 105 0.085 853
Change since 1880 +173899 +14 -0.005 -50
Other Countries
Australia 8,642 132 0.053 529
United Kingdom 50,556 81 0.110 1,101
Top States for POWELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 16,416 120 0.079 787
Florida 14,631 82 0.092 915
California 13,585 204 0.040 401
North Carolina 11,670 58 0.145 1,450
Georgia 11,368 58 0.139 1,389
Top States for POWELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 8,151 55 0.183 1,833
South Carolina 6,654 61 0.166 1,659
Mississippi 4,358 70 0.153 1,532
North Carolina 11,670 58 0.145 1,450
Georgia 11,368 58 0.139 1,389

Notes

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called POWELL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called POWELL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called POWELL in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a POWELL by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of POWELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the POWELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the POWELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of POWELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 823 0.38
White (Caucasian) 151,500 69.96
Black/African American 56,239 25.97
Mixed Race 3,703 1.71
White (Hispanic) 3,053 1.41
Native American/Alaskan 1,213 0.56

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the POWELL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of POWELL in historical publications

A contraction of the Welsh Ap Howell, the son of Howell. It may also be deduced from Paul, of which it was a former orthography: "After the text of Crist, and Powel, and Jon." Wright's Chaucer, 7229.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.


Similar names to POWELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as POWELL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for POWELL

The following words are slight variants of POWELL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.