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Michael Family History

Michael Name Meaning
English, German, Dutch, and Jewish: from the personal name Michael, ultimately from Hebrew Micha-el ‘Who is like God?’. This was borne by various minor Biblical characters and by one of the archangels, the protector of Israel (Daniel 10:13, 12:1; Rev. 12:7). In Christian tradition, Michael was regarded as the warrior archangel, conqueror of Satan, and the personal name was correspondingly popular throughout Europe, especially in knightly and military families. In English-speaking countries, this surname is also found as an Anglicized form of several Greek surnames having Michael as their root, for example Papamichaelis ‘Michael the priest’ and patronymics such as Michaelopoulos. JKANCHOR NAME.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,847,729 Historical Documents with Michael on Ancestry.com
1,056,019 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
46,753 Military Records
34,200 Immigration Records
178,187 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Michael Families

  • Number of Michael families
     304 - 605
     102 - 303
     1 - 101
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Michael families
     176 - 349
     59 - 175
     1 - 58
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Michael families
     44 - 86
     15 - 43
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Michael Family Origin

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Michael Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Michael

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Michael Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Michael Civil War Service Records

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