Michael Family History

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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.

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

Similar surnames: Michel, Michaels, Mihal, Michal, Michl, Michaelis, Michiels, Michels

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Michael Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Michael name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Michael. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Middle East


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Michael Family Origin

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Michael Family Occupations

What did your Michael ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Michael family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Michael. The most common Michael occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Michael's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Michael Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 188,000 census records available for the last name Michael. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Michael census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Michael. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Michael. For the veterans among your Michael ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Michael Life Expectancy

What is the average Michael lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Michael life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Michael in 1945 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Michael ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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