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Power Surname Meaning

English and Irish (of Norman origin): ethnic or habitational name from Old French Pohier Poer Middle English Po(u)er Power ‘native of the Pays de Poix’ (Picardy). This is one of the most common surnames in Ireland. English: nickname for a poor man or ironically for a miser from Middle English povre poure ‘poor’ (from Latin pauper). Compare Poor .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gower, Tower, Bower, Mower, Lower, Poer, Kober, Powe, Poser, Poyer

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Where is the Power family from?

You can see how Power families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Power family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Power families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,038 Power families living in Lancashire. This was about 27% of all the recorded Power's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Power families in 1891.
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What did your Power ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Power. 13% of Power men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Power women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Power were Incapacitated and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
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Census Records

There are 294,000 census records available for the last name Power. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Power census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Power. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Power. For the veterans among your Power ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Power lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Power life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Power in 1942 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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