Origins Available: Czech
The name Michäl was born in the beautiful region of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslavakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire
. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to distinguish themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames
in Bohemia. The surname Michäl derived from the given name Michael, which derives in turn from the Hebrew
Mika'el. It is composed of "mi" meaning "who," "ke," meaning "like," and "El," a shortened form of "Eloin," meaning "God," with the whole meaning of "who is like God," or "God-like." The popularity of the name Michael resulted from the devotion to the various Judeo-Christian holy figures bearing this name.
Early Origins of the Michäl family
The surname Michäl was first found in Bohemia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Michäl family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michäl research.Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1755, 1786, 1787, 1592, 1657, 1645 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Michäl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Michäl Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Michael, Micheel, Michel, Meikle, Michler, Michaelis (Prussia), Michahelles (North Rhine) and many more.
Early Notables of the Michäl family (pre 1700)
During this early period, notable bearers of the name Michäl included Tobias Michael (1592-1657), a German composer and kantor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, updated the church's hymnal in... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Michäl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Michäl family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Franz Ludwig Michel, who came to the Carolinas in 1701. Among the several hundred
settlers to follow this first immigrant were: Carle Vallenthien Michaels, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1730.
Contemporary Notables of the name Michäl (post 1700)
- Charles John Michal (b. 1884), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 9th District, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 10th District, 1950