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Where did the Scottish Michael family come from? What is the Scottish Michael family crest and coat of arms? When did the Michael family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Michael family history?The Michael family originally lived in the town of Mitcham in the county of Surrey, England before moving north to Scotland, and taking this name with them. In Scotland, as hereditary surnames were adopted during the late Middle Ages, names derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names sometimes denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Alternatively the name was derived from the personal name Michael, meaning "who is like God" and influenced by the Norman French to Michel and later to Mitchell. The Gaelic form of the name was MacgilleMichael. 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mitchell, Michel, Michell, Mitchill, Mychell, Mitcham and many more.
First found in Surrey. Although the records are vague, it is most likely that this name moved north from Durham or Yorkshire around 1130 and were one of the many families invited north by King David of Scotland when he ascended the throne. Significantly, John Michelsone had a safe conduct passage to England to conduct trading south of the border in 1395. Meanwhile, William Michelsone held his estates in Innerkethin Scotland. The Latinization of this name at this time was Michaelis and many of the individuals are recorded in charters under this name. John Michaelis of Brechin was the rector of that place in 1464.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michael research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1463, 1474, 1646, 1465, 1600, 1591, 1663, 1662, 1663, 1642, 1710, 1699, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Michael History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Michael Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Michael family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Michael Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Michael Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Michael Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Michael Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Michael Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Michael Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Michael Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Favente Deo supero
Motto Translation: By Godís favour I conquer.
The Michael Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Michael Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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