The surname Powles is of Welsh origin.The name is a patronymic of the Welsh name Hywel (Howell).The name signifies ‘eniment’,and has been popular since the Middle Ages in honour of the great tenth century law-giving Welsh king.The name signifies the son of Howell.It may also be an English variation of the name Paul.The seal of John Paul (1296) bears the legend S.Joh’is Powel.A Welsh family bearing this name claim descent from the Welsh chieftain known as Coel Hen Gotebauc ‘the Old Protector’,who probably ruled an area of Britain under the Romans around the year 400.The name may also signify ‘dweller by the pool’.The name dates back to the thirteenth century,were a Philip ap Howel is recorded in historical archives.The first recorded instance of the name in its modern form is Roger ap Powell,named in a lawsuit in 1563.He was a grandson of Howell ap John (1535).Later members of this same family include the novelist Anthony Powell. (1905).The name was brought to America by English immigrants.One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a Joseph Powell,a husbandman,who came t… Coat of arms: Sable t…
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