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What does Powell mean?

Powell Pronunciation of Powell [pow-ell] as a boys' name is of Old English origin. Surname related to Paul or possibly meaning "son of Howell". Author Anthony Powell.

Associated with: old english, surname.


Powell has 1 variant: Powel.

6 more alternative forms via Paul: Pauel, Pavel, Pawel, Pol, Poll and Poul.

Creative forms:
(male) Ponell, Potell, ..

(female) Powelli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Powell Jamel (P.J.), ..

How popular is Powell?

Powell is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#91 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Powell reached its peak position of #1149 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Powell name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Powell outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Powell appearing in the Top 2000 are Paul (#200 in recent rankings) and Pavel. Other forms, like Pol, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Powell was at its peak 55 years ago (adoption of 1.26%) and is now much less (adoption 0.11%, 91.6%), with the version Paul becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Powell, Paul, Pavel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Paul outside U.S.

Similar Names

Powell is alike in pronunciation to Pall, Peal, Peall, Peel, Peele and Pell. Other recommended names are Anwell, Atwell, Boswell, Codell, Covell, Crowell, Donell, Elwell, Ewell, Howel, Howell, Howells, Joell, Jorell, Lonell, Lovell, Lowel, Lowell, Morell, Newell, Norwell, Nowel, Nowell, Oswell, Rodell, Ronell, Rowell and Sewell. These names tend to be more frequently used than Powell.