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The name Michelsen 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 Michelsen 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.

Michelsen Early Origins



The surname Michelsen 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.

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Michelsen Spelling Variations


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Michelsen Spelling Variations



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

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Michelsen Early History


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Michelsen Early History



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

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Michelsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Michelsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this early period, notable bearers of the name Michelsen 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 Michelsen Notables 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:

Michelsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anders Michelsen, aged 38, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Andrea Michelsen, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Charles Michelsen, aged 32, who landed in America from Belgium, in 1893

Michelsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carla Michelsen, aged 22, who settled in America from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1904
  • Albert Michelsen, aged 20, who landed in America from Bergen, in 1906
  • Andreas Michelsen, aged 33, who landed in America from Bergen, Norway, in 1907
  • Anna Michelsen, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Larvik, Norway, in 1907
  • Christine Michelsen, aged 28, who settled in America from Christiania, Norway, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Michelsen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Michelsen (post 1700)



  • Charis Michelsen, American actress and former model
  • Albert Michelsen (1893-1964), American marathoner
  • Thore Michelsen (1888-1980), Norwegian bronze medalist rower at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas Michelsen, Norwegian football midfielder
  • Randi Michelsen (1903-1981), Danish film actress
  • Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen, Norwegian Representative to Parliament, president of Young Liberals of Norway
  • Jacob Andreas Michelsen (1821-1902), Norwegian businessperson and politician
  • Hans Methlie Michelsen (b. 1920), Norwegian judge
  • Peter Christian Hersleb Kjerschow Michelsen (1857-1925), Norwegian shipping magnate and statesman
  • Christian Michelsen (b. 1976), Norwegian footballer who currently plays for Kristiansund BK
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    11. ...

    The Michelsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Michelsen 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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