Michem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Michem is generally thought to be a local surname, derived from the place name Mitcham, County Surrey (today in the London Borough of Merton, London).
Early Origins of the Michem family
The surname Michem was first found in Surrey at Mitcham, a parish in the union of Croydon, Second division of the hundred of Wallington. "This parish, which is situated on the road to Reigate, is divided into Upper Mitcham, formerly called Whitford or Waterford, and Lower Mitcham, anciently Michelham, or "the great dwelling," a name probably derived from the district having been at an early period the residence of persons of distinction." 
Early History of the Michem family
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Michem Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mitcham, Mitchum, Micham, Michum, Mitchem, Mitchim and many more.
Early Notables of the Michem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Michem family to Ireland
Some of the Michem family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Michem migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Michem Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Michem, who landed in Virginia in 1652 
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The Michem 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: Animi fortitudo
Motto Translation: The courage
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)