Mickens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the Scottish west coast, the Mickens family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the devotion of an ancestor to St. Michael. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Giolla Mhicheil, which means son of the servant of St. Michael.

Early Origins of the Mickens family

The surname Mickens was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Mickens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mickens research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1506, 1735, and 1788 are included under the topic Early Mickens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mickens Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Mickens has appeared as MacMichael, MacGilliemichael and others.

Early Notables of the Mickens family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Mickens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Mickens family to Ireland

Some of the Mickens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Mickens migration to the United States +

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Mickens were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Mickens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter H. Mickens, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1915
  • Marie Mickens, aged 21, who arrived in New York, in 1920
  • Cyril Mickens, aged 26, who arrived in New York, in 1920
  • Frank H. Mickens, aged 41, who arrived in Hoboken, N.J., in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Mickens (post 1700) +

  • Glenn Roger Mickens (b. 1930), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in four games for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Terry KaJuan Mickens (b. 1971), retired American NFL football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders from 1994 to 1999
  • Mike Mickens (b. 1987), American NFL football cornerback
  • Dr. Frank Mickens (1946-2009), American nationally recognized New York City educator
  • Noah Howard Mickens, American contemporary performance artist, showman, perhaps best known for his stage name William Batty, ringmaster of the Wanderlust Circus
  • Ray Mickens (b. 1973), German-born, American former professional American NFL football cornerback who played from 1996 to 2006

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