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The Michaels 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


Michaels Early Origins



The surname Michaels was 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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Michaels Spelling Variations


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Michaels Spelling Variations



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

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Michaels Early History


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Michaels Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michaels 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 Michaels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Michaels Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Michaels Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Michaels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Michaels In Ireland


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Michaels In Ireland



Some of the Michaels 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Michaels Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Carle Vallenthien Michaels, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1730
  • Carl Val Michaels, who arrived in America in 1730

Michaels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John P Michaels, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Johan Michaels, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • August Michaels, who landed in New York, NY in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Michaels (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Michaels (post 1700)



  • Lorne Michaels CM (b. 1944), born Lorne Lipowitz, a Canadian raised-American thirteen-time Emmy Award winning television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, the Late Night series and The Tonight Show; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016
  • Frankie Michaels (1955-2016), American singer and actor of stage, film and television, th youngest person to win a Tony Award at age ten for his performance in Mame in 1966
  • Lou Michaels (1935-2016), American NFL football player who played from 1958 to 1971, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992
  • William Mayes "Bill" Michaels (1876-1934), American bronze medalist for boxing at the 1904 Olympics
  • Patrick J Michaels (b. 1950), American Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia
  • Leonard Michaels (1933-2003), American writer
  • Anne Michaels (b. 1958), Canadian poet and novelist

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



  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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Michaels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Michaels 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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