Michel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Michel 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 Michel 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 Michel family

The surname Michel 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 Michel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michel research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1755, 1786, 1787, 1592, 1657, 1645 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Michel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Michel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Michael, Micheel, Michel, Meikle, Michler, Michaelis (Prussia), Michahelles (North Rhine) and many more.

Early Notables of the Michel family (pre 1700)

During this early period, notable bearers of the name Michel included Tobias Michael (1592-1657), a German composer and kantor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, updated the church's hymnal in...
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United States Michel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Michel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Franz Ludwig Michel, who settled in the Carolinas in 1701
  • Franz Ludwig Michel, who arrived in North Carolina in 1704 [1]
  • Johan Michel, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Kasper Michel, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Otto Henrig Michel, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Michel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Michel, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • John Michel, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Frances Michel, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829 [1]
  • George Michel, aged 52, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • Jacob Michel, aged 19, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Michel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Michel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Michel, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 1st April 1643 [2]
  • Andre Michel, who landed in Montreal in 1663
Michel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Michel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Carlman Michel U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Harvey Michel U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
Michel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Darius Michel, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Australia Michel migration to Australia +

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

Michel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • H. Michel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bardaster" in 1839 [4]

New Zealand Michel 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:

Michel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michel, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Michel (post 1700) +

  • Robert Henry "Bob" Michel (1923-2017), American Republican Party politician, House Minority Leader (1981-1995), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994
  • Prakazrel Samuel "Pras" Michel (b. 1972), American two-time Grammy-winning American rapper
  • F. Curtis Michel (b. 1934), American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut [6]
  • Rolf Michel (b. 1945), German physicist
  • Henri Michel (1947-2018), French football player and coach of France at the 1986 World Cup
  • Marc Michel (1932-2016), Swiss actor who appeared in more than fifty films
  • Joseph Michel (1925-2016), Christian-Democrat Belgian politician, President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives (1980-1981)
  • Jean Bernard Michel de Bellecour, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Jean-Baptiste Pierre Michel, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • Claude-Étienne Michel, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Pascal Luc Simon Michel (d. 1996), from Montpelier, France, French passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Michel +

  • 789 The Michels Family Tree by Estella Michels.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BARDASTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Bardcaster.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) F. Michel. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/michel-fc.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Jean Michel. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Jean-Baptiste Michel. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Claude-Étienne Michel. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  10. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm


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