Michels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Michels 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 Michels family

The surname Michels 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]

Early History of the Michels family

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

Michels Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Michels family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Michels family to Ireland

Some of the Michels family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Michels migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Michels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margareth Michels, aged 27, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [5]
  • Dorothea Michels, who arrived in North America in 1846 [5]
  • Joseph Michels, who landed in America in 1854 [5]
  • Peter Michels, who landed in America in 1857 [5]
  • Wilhelm Michels, aged 20, who landed in America in 1871 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  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)


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