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Powell is a surname of Welsh origin. It is a patronymic form of the Welsh name hywel (later anglicized as Howell), and the prefix "ap" meaning "son of", together forming ap Hywel, or "son of Hywel". It is an uncommon name among those of Welsh ancestry. It originates in a dynasty of kings in Wales, and Brittany in the 9th and 10th century, and three Welsh royal houses of that time onwards. The House of Tudor one of the Royal houses of England, also descended from them. See also: Howell (surname), and Welsh surnames.




Fictional charactersEdit

  • 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 terrorists in the movie Die Hard.