Origins Available: English
The distinguished surname Mikell 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Mikell family
The surname Mikell 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Mikell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mikell research.Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1068, 1438, 1745, 1816 and are included under the topic Early Mikell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mikell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mitchell, Michel, Michell, Mitchill, Mychell, Mitcham and many more.
Early Notables of the Mikell family (pre 1700)
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mikell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mikell family to Ireland
Some of the Mikell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 142 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mikell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mikell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henrietta C. Mikell, aged 38, who emigrated to Atlanta, Pennsylvania, in 1920
- William Mikell, aged 28, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Mikell (post 1700)
- Henry Judah Mikell (1866-1942), American 2nd bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
- George Mikell (1930-1961), born Jurgis Mikelaitis, American actor and writer, best known for his performances in The Guns of Navarone (1961) and The Great Escape (1963)
- Quintin Perry Mikell (b. 1980), American football safety for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League