The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McMickell is derived from the devotion of an ancestor to St. Michael.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Giolla
Mhicheil, which means son of the servant of St. Michael.
Early Origins of the McMickell family
The surname McMickell was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McMickell family
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McMickell Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of McMickell include MacMichael, MacGilliemichael and others.
Early Notables of the McMickell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McMickell family to Ireland
Some of the McMickell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McMickell family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McMickell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alexander, Archibald, Daniel, James, John, Stewart, Thomas, Walter and William McMichael all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.