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The Mitchell 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


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The surname Mitchell was 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.

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


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

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mitchell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Mitchell 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Mitchell, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • Maudlin Mitchell, who sailed to Virginia in 1620
  • Maudlin Mitchell, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Experience Mitchell, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Mathew Mitchell, who arrived in Connecticut in 1630
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Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Mitchell, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Edward Mitchell, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Benjamin Mitchell, who arrived in Maryland in 1752
  • William Mitchell and his wife Agnes Buchanan, who emigrated from Scotland to Connecticut in 1755
  • Richard Mitchell, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
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Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Spencer Cochrane Mitchell, who arrived in Maryland in 1800
  • Sarah Mitchell, aged 25, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Jane Mitchell, who landed in America in 1804
  • Peter Mitchell, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1811
  • Spencer Mitchell, aged 35, landed in Maryland in 1812
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Mitchell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edmund Mitchell, who landed in Mississippi in 1906
  • Gus Mitchell, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Guss Mitchell, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Myer Mitchell, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1906
  • Andrew Mitchell, who landed in Alabama in 1923

Mitchell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Mitchell U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 455 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Mitchell U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1785 was a Carpenter [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Sgt. Thomas Mitchell U.E. born in Amsterdam, Holland who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Zalmon Mitchell U.E. from Vermont, USA who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1793 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Mitchell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mitchell, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1830
  • William Mitchell, who arrived in Canada in 1833
  • William Mitchell, aged 30, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • John Mitchell, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Mitchell, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
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Mitchell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Mitchell, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Mitchell, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Mitchell, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Mitchell, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Mitchell, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Mitchell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Joseph Mitchell, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • James Mitchell, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Jane Mitchell, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Marion Mitchell, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Jane Mitchell, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
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Mitchell Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Leslie Mitchell, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
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  • Edgar Dean Mitchell (1930-2016), American pilot, engineer, astronaut, sixth person to walk on the Moon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Cheri Mitchell (1955-2015), American ballet director, Executive Director of BalletMet (2001-2015)
  • James Richard "Jim" Mitchell (1946-2015), American lawyer and horse breeder, Division C Judge of the Louisiana 30th Judicial District Court for Vernon Parish (2009-2015)
  • Shirley Mitchell (1919-2013), American radio, film, and television actress, known for her work on The Red Skelton Show, Perry Mason and I Love Lucy
  • George Phydias Mitchell (1919-2013), American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas credited with pioneering the economic extraction of shale gas
  • Ollie Mitchell (1927-2013), American musician and bandleader
  • George John Mitchell Jr. (b. 1933), American lawyer, businessman and politician, Senate Majority Leader (1989-1995), United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. (1911-1984), Civil rights activist, chief lobbyist for the NAACP for nearly 30 years and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Margaret Munnerlyn MItchell (1900-1949), American author who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her novel Gone with the Wind
  • Arthur Mitchell (b. 1934), world-renowned dancer, artistic director, educator, and choreographer who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem
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Mitchell Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Mitchell, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. James Mitchell, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Sydney Mitchell (1866-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Los Angeles, California, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary I.  Mitchell (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Gilbert  Mitchell, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Cecil Allan  Mitchell (1899-1917), Canadian Cook aboard the Schooner St Bernard from Ship Harbor Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Lizzie  Mitchell (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Aletha S.  Mitchell (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Charles McGregor Mitchell (1920-1941), Australian Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant (S) from East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Francis Joseph Mitchell (1919-1941), Australian Supply Assistant from Middle Park, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leonard F W Mitchell (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fratton, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John Mitchell (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick R Mitchell (b. 1916), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Mitchell (b. 1917), English Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Tinsley, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Mitchell (b. 1918), "Jackie" English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. J Mitchell, British Yeo of the Sigs, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George Stanley Mitchell (b. 1898), British Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Gibson Mitchell, British, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Jewel Courtney Mitchell (1956-1988), American Army Second Lieutenant from Brooklyn, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Walter Dawson Mitchell, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mrs. Jeanette Nettie Elizabeth Mitchell, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Mitchell, English Ship's Printer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Mitchell, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Mitchell, English Second Linen keeper from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Lorenzo "Lawrence" Horace Mitchell (d. 1912), aged 18, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Henry Michael Mitchell (d. 1912), aged 71, English Second Class passenger from Guernsey, Channel Islands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Descendants of John Mitchell of Drumore Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Warren A. Brannon.
  • The Mitchell Family of Tipton County, Tennessee by Helen Mitchell Goggins.
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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 God’s favour I conquer.

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Citations



  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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Mitchell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mitchell 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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