Mitchell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Mitchell is one of the many names that first came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the given name "Michel," meaning "who is like God." [1] One source notes of another possible origin: " Anglo-Saxon mycel, great, or mickle, would be a tolerably satisfactory etymon, and this may in some instances be the origin of the surname; but I think in most cases it is derived from Michael, a very popular baptismal name in many countries, through its French form, Michel." [2]

Early Origins of the Mitchell family

The surname Mitchell was first found in many places throughout ancient Britain. As if to underscore this claim, the following entries were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Hugh filius Micahel in Lincolnshire; Roger Michel in Norfolk; and as a forename, Mikael de Brackele in London. Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed the following: Johannes Michelson; Thomas Michilson and Adam Michelson. [3] the name was "distributed over England, but far more frequent in the south. Its home, par excellence, is in the county of Cornwall, where in nearly half the instances it is written Michell, though the pronunciation is the same. Its other homes are in Sussex, Wilts, and in the West Riding. Its prevalence in Cornwall is due to the fact that several parishes and places in the county bear the name of St. Michael in one form or another." [4]

Important Dates for the Mitchell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mitchell research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1068, 1438, 1745, 1816 and are included under the topic Early Mitchell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mitchell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mitchell, Michel, Michell, Mitchill, Mychell, Mitcham and many more.

Early Notables of the Mitchell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mitchell family to Ireland

Some of the Mitchell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Mitchell migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Mitchell, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [5]
  • Maudlin Mitchell, who sailed to Virginia in 1620
  • Maudlin Mitchell, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 [5]
  • Experience Mitchell, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [5]
  • Mathew Mitchell, who arrived in Connecticut in 1630
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Mitchell, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [5]
  • Edward Mitchell, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [5]
  • Benjamin Mitchell, who arrived in Maryland in 1752
  • William Mitchell and his wife Agnes Buchanan, who emigrated from Scotland to Connecticut in 1755
  • Richard Mitchell, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Spencer Cochrane Mitchell, who arrived in Maryland in 1800 [5]
  • Sarah Mitchell, aged 25, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [5]
  • Jane Mitchell, who landed in America in 1804 [5]
  • Peter Mitchell, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1811 [5]
  • Spencer Mitchell, aged 35, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edmund Mitchell, who landed in Mississippi in 1906 [5]
  • Gus Mitchell, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [5]
  • Guss Mitchell, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [5]
  • Myer Mitchell, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1906 [5]
  • Andrew Mitchell, who landed in Alabama in 1923 [5]

Mitchell migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitchell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Mitchell U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 455 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
  • Mr. John Mitchell U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1785 was a Carpenter [6]
  • Sgt. Thomas Mitchell U.E. born in Amsterdam, Holland who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Zalmon Mitchell U.E. from Vermont, USA who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1793 [6]
Mitchell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Mitchell, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1830
  • William Mitchell, who arrived in Canada in 1833
  • William Mitchell, aged 30, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • John Mitchell, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Mitchell, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mitchell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mitchell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Mitchell, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Charles Mitchell, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • John Mitchell, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • James Mitchell, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • William Mitchell, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mitchell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mitchell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Mitchell, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [12]
  • Mr. Mitchell, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "David" arriving in New Zealand in 1839 [12]
  • Francis Mitchell, aged 17, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • James Joseph Mitchell, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • James Mitchell, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mitchell Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Leslie Mitchell, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Mitchell (post 1700)

  • R. Clayton "Clay" Mitchell Jr. (1936-2019), American politician, 104th Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates in the United States (1987-1992)
  • Arthur Mitchell (1934-2018), American world-renowned dancer, artistic director, educator, and choreographer who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Bobby Wayne Mitchell (1943-2018), American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour
  • Thomas Gordon "Tom" Mitchell (1944-2017), American college and professional football player
  • Edgar Dean Mitchell (1930-2016), American pilot, engineer, astronaut, sixth person to walk on the Moon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom [13]
  • Cheri Mitchell (1955-2015), American ballet director, Executive Director of BalletMet (2001-2015)
  • James Richard "Jim" Mitchell (1946-2015), American lawyer and horse breeder, Division C Judge of the Louisiana 30th Judicial District Court for Vernon Parish (2009-2015)
  • Shirley Mitchell (1919-2013), American radio, film, and television actress, known for her work on The Red Skelton Show, Perry Mason and I Love Lucy
  • George Phydias Mitchell (1919-2013), American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas credited with pioneering the economic extraction of shale gas
  • Ollie Mitchell (1927-2013), American musician and bandleader
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Mitchell family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Mark Geoffrey Mitchell (1962-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Lower Hutt, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [14]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Robert Mitchell, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. James Mitchell, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Sydney Mitchell (1866-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Los Angeles, California, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary I.  Mitchell (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Mr. Gilbert  Mitchell, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Mr. Cecil Allan  Mitchell (1899-1917), Canadian Cook aboard the Schooner St Bernard from Ship Harbor Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Miss Lizzie  Mitchell (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Miss Aletha S.  Mitchell (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Charles McGregor Mitchell (1920-1941), Australian Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant (S) from East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Francis Joseph Mitchell (1919-1941), Australian Supply Assistant from Middle Park, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Cornwall
  • Albert Victor Mitchell (d. 1942), British Chief Petty Officer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
  • William Archibald Mitchell (d. 1942), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leonard F W Mitchell (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fratton, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. John Mitchell (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Frederick R Mitchell (b. 1916), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Frank Mitchell (b. 1917), English Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Tinsley, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Mitchell (b. 1918), "Jackie" English Able Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. J Mitchell, British Yeo of the Sigs, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [20]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George Stanley Mitchell (b. 1898), British Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Kenneth Gibson Mitchell, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [21]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Mitchell C. Mitchell, British Yeoman of Signals with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [22]
  • John Seymour Mitchell (1921-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [22]
  • John Henry Mitchell (1909-1939), British Shipwright 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [22]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Jewel Courtney Mitchell (1956-1988), American Army Second Lieutenant from Brooklyn, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [23]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Walter Dawson Mitchell, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [24]
  • Mrs. Jeanette Nettie Elizabeth Mitchell, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [24]
  • Mr. George Mitchell, English Ship's Printer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [24]
  • Mr. John Mitchell, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. William Mitchell, English Second Linen keeper from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [24]
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Lorenzo "Lawrence" Horace Mitchell (d. 1912), aged 18, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Henry Michael Mitchell (d. 1912), aged 71, English Second Class passenger from Guernsey, Channel Islands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [25]

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Citations

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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Edgar Mitchell. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mitchell-ed.html
  14. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  15. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  16. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  17. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  18. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  19. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  20. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  21. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  22. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  23. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  24. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  25. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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