Powell Family Crest


Powell family crest

Colors on the Powell family crest explained

Argent (silver) - is a symbol of peace and sincerity. Two values that were incredibly important to the Powells.

Or (Gold) - signifies the historical generosity of the Powell family.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Powells when called upon in times of war.

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family.


  Symbols on the Powell family crest explained 

The two Lions - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The six boar heads - symolizes a fierce warrior history and a willingness of Powell family members to fight against adversity until death.


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Origins of the Powell family name

The name Powell is believed to originate from the Welsh word "ap-Hywel", meaning "son of Hywel",

The name Hywel comes from the name of 10th century Welsh king who brought law to the area.


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Summary of the Powell family and the Powell family crest

  • Howell was a popular given name in medieval Wales.
  • The first officially recorded use of the name was in the 12th century, when a man named Hywel ap Powell was mentioned in a document from Wales.
  • The Powell name has been spelled variously over the years, including "Poule", "Poole", and "Powel".
  • The Powell family has its roots in the Anglo-Norman aristocracy.
  • The Powell family coat of arms is one of the oldest and most recognizable in Wales.
  • Early settlers with the name were first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), a county in southeast Wales, bordered by England to the east, the Bristol Channel to the south, the River Wye to the west, and the River Severn to the north.
  • Over the centuries, the Powell family name has been associated with the Welsh nobility, and has produced several notable individuals, including the 16th century poet Glyn Powell.
  • Like many families from the UK and Ireland, they began emigrating in the late 1600-1700s
  • The Powell family first settled in the colony of Virginia in the 1700s.
  • Today, Powell is thought to be a relatively common Welsh name, and is also found in England and Ireland.