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ˈpoʊ əl, ˈpaʊ- for 2,3 ; ˈpaʊ- for 6,4,5pow·ell

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Powell, Colin Powell, Colin luther Powellnoun

    United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)

  2. Powell, Cecil Frank Powellnoun

    English physicist who discovered the pion (the first known meson) which is a subatomic particle involved in holding the nucleus together (1903-1969)


  1. Powellnoun

    An English and Welsh patronymic surname, the Anglicized form of ap Hywel, son of Hywel.


  1. powell

    Powell is primarily known as a surname of Welsh origin. It means "son of Howell," deriving from the Welsh word "ap," meaning "son of," combined with the name "Hywel." It may also refer to several geographical locations, educational institutions, or significant individuals in history, such as former US Secretary of State Colin Powell. The specific context would determine its exact meaning.


  1. Powell

    Powell is a city in Delaware County, Ohio, United States. The population was 11,500 at the 2010 census. The community was first settled around 1801, two years before Ohio became a state. It was named "Middlebury" at the time, because the first settlers came from the Middlebury, Connecticut area. In 1857, Judge Thomas Powell established the first post office in the community, and the residents decided to adopt his name. Powell was finally incorporated as a municipality in 1947. The population remained small until the late 1980s, when residential development expanding from the northern Columbus metropolitan area reached Powell. In twenty years, the population rose from less than 400 to over 6,000. In July 2005, CNN Money and Money magazine ranked Powell 18 on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. The general Powell area is usually interpreted to mean not only the incorporated City of Powell, but also the adjoining unincorporated areas of Liberty and Orange townships.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Powell is ranked #101 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Powell surname appeared 224,874 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 76 would have the surname Powell.

    67.2% or 151,115 total occurrences were White.
    27.1% or 60,986 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 5,195 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 5,150 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 1,394 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 1,034 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Powell in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Powell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Powell in a Sentence

  1. Mohamed Mohamed:

    I knew Beth Powell was the first African American woman to get Beth Powell pilot's license, Beth Powell was the first to do it so Beth Powell inspired the next generation to follow Beth Powell footsteps and know that they can also be what they want to be.

  2. Antonio Mugica:

    Sidney Powell have no choice, the disinformation campaign that was launched against Sidney Powell is an obliterating one. For Sidney Powell, this is existential, and Sidney Powell have to take action.

  3. Justin Mankin:

    It's kind of like the central bank of an economy, drawing money from local banks to kind of keep the economy afloat, lake Powell is the central bank of Colorado River. Maybe Lake Powell's workable for a little while, but just like a household, the longer Lake Powell's in debt, the harder Lake Powell gets. And Lake Powell's really the same thing with these reservoirs.

  4. David Norris:

    I think what Jay Powell is going to try and do is continue Jay Powell narrative on fighting inflation while trying to dissuade the market from the notion that New York Federal Reserve has made a dovish pivot, i don't think Jay Powell's going to surprise the markets by Jay Powell statements.

  5. Brad Sherman:

    But it's obvious now that Trump doesn't like Powell and is trying to appoint people to Powell's board that are the cultural antithesis to Powell. Because Powell is disliked by Trump, we like him a lot more.

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