The Powell Family

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These pages document the known details of one Tasmanian POWELL family and the subsequent lives of various family members and groups.

Acknowledgements

Contributors

The story of the Powell family is not the work of one person, but includes the research of a number of people.
Researchers who have contributed to the information presented here include :

  • Lynette Taylor
  • and many other cousins too numerous to list

Introduction

The following works were consulted while compiling the information for this discussion of the Powell family.
Note that the moderators of Tasmanian Royalty cannot provide you with any of the following material, nor can we provide contact details for other Powell family researchers.

Published Sources

Weeding, John S. - A History of the Lower Midlands - Regal Publications. Launceston 1975

Unpublished Sources

Ian Byers is probably the pre-eminent Powell family researcher, having researched and documented the various branches of the family; which have been rigorously verified by the historical records that have been accessed to date.

Privately Published Sources

Conventions Used

Possible Surname Origin

Welsh - It is a patronymic form of the Welsh name 'hywel' (later anglicized as Howell), and the prefix "ap" meaning "son of", together forming 'ap Hywel', or "son of Hywel". It is an uncommon name among those of Welsh ancestry. It originates in a dynasty of kings in Wales, and Brittany in the 9th and 10th century, and three Welsh royal houses of that time onwards. The House of Tudor one of the Royal houses of England, also descended from them. - Wikipedia

Irish - Sometimes a surname adopted as equivalent of Gaelic - 'Mac Giolla Phóil' - 'son of the servant of St. Paul' - Ancestry.com

In his article The Celts (British and Gael), Prof. W. J. Watson suggested the Welsh ap in ‘Macrath ap Molegan’ appears to represent the initial ‘A’ found later in Cuthbert Amuligane in Nithsdale (1437-40). The Welsh word for son is 'ap' or 'ab' (shorten from “map” or “mab”), depending on whether it precedes a vowel or a consonant. Early examples of the patronymic and style exist in Wales. Ap and ab have survived in a number of modern Welsh surnames, where the initial ‘p’ or ‘b’ has been prefixed to a given name. For example, ap Evan is Bevan, ap Rhys is Price, ap Hywel is Powell and ap Richard is Prichard. - Discoveries in Genetic Genealogy

Some known descendant family surnames -

TASMANIA - POWELL, SAWFORD, BROOKS, EDWARDS, BLYTHE, SCOTT, ARNETT, WILSON, LINCOLN, HORNE, HAMMERSTEIN, CORNISH, MAYNE, FRENCH, NELLIGAN, PALMER, WIGGINS, ELKIN, AHOKAS, CLARK, LYALL, HOWLETT, BARWICK, YOUNG, WELLS, ROWLANDS, NICKEL, BROWN, VON STIEGLITZ, POOLE, MCIVOR, CHURCHILL, MCKAY, MCCANN, HART, NORRIS, LOCKLEY, BAILEY, SILK, WARNE, CASSAR, PRENDERGAST, MILLIKAN, KNIGHT, HEWETT, RICKWOOD, HANLON, RICHARDSON, MCLAGAN, STEER, VERRAL, O'CONNELL, BARTSCH, BRESNEHAN, SANDFORD, BROWN, BYERS, MCEWAN, DALY, BUTTERWORTH, HAYDEN, OUDSHOORN, BARLING, MALES, MURPHY, HILL, BURKE, GASPARIN, SIGGINS, KINGSTON, BEST, HALE, RAE, THORS, WARD, CRAWFORD, WATSON, KEEGAN, FELLOWS, BAKES, CUNNINGHAM, RADFORD, BLACHFORD, WEBB, HALL, JOHNSTON, COOKE, SCHLIEBS, CASH, REID, FITCH, COHEN, STEELE, WAGNER, STACEY, LANGE, JOHNSON, BIRCHALL, GREGSON, GILLIGAN, DUDGEON, COWLE, HURD, HALLAM, PROUD, JORY; (and others - to be added)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA - POWELL, DUCKWORTH, TAYLOR, MACKDONALD, BRUNSKILL, PARICI, BROADBENT, SHAW, KEARNEY, SULLIVAN, (and others - to be added).

NEW ZEALAND - BIRD, WESTCOTT; (and others - to be added).