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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. [1]


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

  • Henry Michael, who landed in Virginia in 1661
  • Archibald Michael, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Anne Michael, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Michael Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Heinrich Michael, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Henrich Michael, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Hans Henrich Michael, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Niclaus Michael, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Callman Michael, who landed in New York, NY in 1716

Michael Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Michael, aged 23, arrived in America in 1822
  • Salvi Michael, who landed in Mississippi in 1825
  • Gerh Michael, who arrived in America in 1836
  • John Michael, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Jacob Michael, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840

Michael Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Athanasius Michael, who landed in Alabama in 1913

Michael Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Paul Michael, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Friedrich Michael setled in Canada in 1783

Michael Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Michael arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Mary Michael arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Susan Clarke Michael arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Johann Michael, a clothmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
  • John Michael, aged 37, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"

Michael Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard M. Michael, aged 21, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875


  • First Lieutenant Edward S Michael, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Second Lieutenant Harry J Michael, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Kevin Michael (b. 1985), American Contemporary R&B, soul, funk, pop artist
  • George Michael (b. 1963), born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, English three-time American Music Award winning, and two-time Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Malcolm Roberto "Mal" Michael (b. 1977), former Australian rules footballer
  • Heimann Joseph Michael (1792-1846), Hebrew bibliographer
  • Chrysis Michael (b. 1977), Cypriot football midfielder
  • Glyndwr Michael (1909-1943), Welsh homeless man whose body was the basis of Operation Mincemeat, the successful deception that lured the Germans to Greece during World War II saving thousands of lives, known as Major William Martin, RM, "Y Dyn Na Fu Erioed" ("The Man Who Never Was")
  • Mr. Dewi Michael, English 2nd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking


  • The Michael, Moad, Mohn, Family History of Caldwell Co. Mo. by Evelyne K. Michael.

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.


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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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