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Where did the Scottish McMichael family come from? What is the Scottish McMichael family crest and coat of arms? When did the McMichael family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McMichael family history?In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McMichael family were born. Their name comes from the devotion of an ancestor to St. Michael. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Giolla Mhicheil, which means son of the servant of St. Michael.
Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McMichael has been spelled MacMichael, MacGilliemichael and others.
First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMichael research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1506, 1735, and 1788 are included under the topic Early McMichael History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McMichael Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McMichael family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McMichaels to arrive on North American shores:
McMichael Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
McMichael Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
McMichael Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McMichael Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
McMichael Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
McMichael Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
The McMichael Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMichael 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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