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Where did the Scottish Mitchel family come from? What is the Scottish Mitchel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mitchel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mitchel family history?

The Mitchel family originally lived in the town of Mitcham in the county of Surrey, England before moving north to Scotland, and taking this name with them. In Scotland, as hereditary surnames were adopted during the late Middle Ages, names derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names sometimes denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Alternatively the name was derived from the personal name Michael, meaning "who is like God" and influenced by the Norman French to Michel and later to Mitchell. The Gaelic form of the name was MacgilleMichael. [1]


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

First found in Surrey. Although the records are vague, it is most likely that this name moved north from Durham or Yorkshire around 1130 and were one of the many families invited north by King David of Scotland when he ascended the throne. Significantly, John Michelsone had a safe conduct passage to England to conduct trading south of the border in 1395. Meanwhile, William Michelsone held his estates in Innerkethin Scotland. The Latinization of this name at this time was Michaelis and many of the individuals are recorded in charters under this name. John Michaelis of Brechin was the rector of that place in 1464.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mitchel research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1463, 1474, 1646, 1465, 1600, 1591, 1663, 1662, 1663, 1642, 1710, 1699, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Mitchel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mitchel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Mitchel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitchel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Mitchel, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • David Mitchel, who arrived in Virginia in 1739
  • Gabriel Mitchel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Mitchel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Mitchel, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Edward Mitchel, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Francis Mitchel, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Charles Mitchel, aged 45, landed in Maine in 1812
  • James Mitchel, who landed in New York, NY in 1816

Mitchel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Mitchel, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Rachel Mitchel, aged 50, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • William Mitchel, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • James Mitchel, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Rachel Mitchel, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833

Mitchel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth A. Mitchel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849

Mitchel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mitchel, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Hugh Mitchel arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864


  • James Mitchel (1864-1921), American bronze medalist for weight throw at the 1904 Olympic games
  • John Mitchel (1815-1875), Irish patriot


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: Favente Deo supero
Motto Translation: By Godís favour I conquer.


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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