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Where did the Scottish Mitcham family come from? What is the Scottish Mitcham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mitcham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mitcham family history?

The Mitcham 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]

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mitcham 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 Mitcham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mitcham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mitcham 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitcham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Mitcham, who arrived in Virginia in 1770
  • Christopher Mitcham, who arrived in Maryland in 1775

Mitcham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Ann Mitcham, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1893
  • O.B. Mitcham, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Mitcham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Henry Mitcham, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • George Edward Mitcham, aged 18, who settled in America from Chiswick, England, in 1910
  • Mary Mitcham, aged 45, who emigrated to America from Chiswick, England, in 1910
  • Percy Mitcham, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Margaret Mitcham, aged 21, who landed in America from Cayon, St. Kitts, in 1922


Mitcham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • George Mitcham, aged 26, who settled in St. Johns, Newfoundland, in 1908

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  • Carl Mitcham (b. 1941), award-winning American philosopher of technology
  • Judson Mitcham (b. 1948), American author and professor, best known as being the only writer to win the Townsend Prize for Fiction twice
  • Matthew Mitcham (b. 1988), Australian diver and the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10 m platform


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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. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The Mitcham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mitcham 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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