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The POWER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 14,846 2250 0.006 55
United States (1880 census) 4,577 1361 0.009 92
Change since 1880 +10269 -889 -0.003 -37
Other Countries
Australia 5,818 232 0.036 356
United Kingdom 10,712 551 0.023 233
Top States for POWER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,455 2202 0.004 43
Massachusetts 1,214 700 0.019 191
Texas 1,155 2106 0.006 55
Florida 1,045 1987 0.007 65
New York 953 1966 0.005 50
Top States for POWER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 1,214 700 0.019 191
New Hampshire 151 1323 0.012 122
Maine 124 1877 0.010 97
Vermont 50 2109 0.008 82
North Dakota 52 1985 0.008 81


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

Classification and Origin of POWER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the POWER 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 POWER 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 POWER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 693 4.67
White (Hispanic) 275 1.85
Mixed Race 203 1.37
Asian/Pacific 114 0.77
Native American/Alaskan 61 0.41
White (Caucasian) 13,499 90.93

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

Meaning of POWER in historical publications

POWER. The surname variously written Le Poer, Power, Powre, Poore, &c., is of Norman origin. It has been illustrious in Ireland, from the time of Strougbow's invasion of tliat kingdom. Robert le Poer was engaged in his expedition, and received from Pembroke the territory of Waterford, excepting only " the city and the cantred of the Ostmen or Danes, whom the invaders found settled there, and in good policy encouraged as mercliants." D'Altou. The family were doubtless of Norman extraction, but of their history, previously to the time of Henry II., little seems to be known. The meaning of the name is obscure.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to POWER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as POWER.

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 POWER

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