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Power Name Meaning

Irish (Leinster and Munster) and English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from Pois, a place in Picardy (said to have been named with Old French pois ‘fish’ because of its well-stocked river), from Old French Pohier ‘native of Pois’. English: nickname for a poor man, or ironically for a miser, from Middle English, Old French povre, poure ‘poor’ (Latin pauper). Woulfe gives this also as the meaning of the Norman Irish name, which in early records is found as le Poer, believing it to be a nickname for someone who has taken a vow of poverty.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 523 Power families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 35% of all the recorded Power's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Power families in 1911.
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What did your Power ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Power. 23% of Power men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Power women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Power were Laborer and Teacher.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Fisherman
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Student
    12%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Teacher
    7%
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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 Canada, 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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