Powell is a traditional Welsh surname. It is sometimes said to mean "Son of the Servant of St. Paul", but is more likely to be a patronymic from the Welsh first name Howel. The Old Celtic term "ap" means "son of", hence ap Howel was eventually spelled as Powell. At the time of the British Census of 1881, the frequency of the surname Powell was highest in Brecknockshire (21.9 times the British average), followed by Radnorshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Glamorgan, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.
I have scans of the pages to two different POWELL family surname books.
The first one was written in 1906 and the second one is 1945.
The second one is an update of information on some of the families in the 1906 book.
All are relatives to me.
The first POWELL mentioned in these books is William POWELL, b.1750 of Maryland. In my case his descendants left the area and came on to Ohio to settle and flurish. I will attempt to put the pages to the 1906 book online here. Not sure exactly how that is done, but I will give it a shot. --Msscarlet1957 09:22, 19 January 2008 (EST)
Here is a link to the book page I have begun: Powell 1906 book