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Powell Surname OriginA 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. See Howell
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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