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Michaels Name Meaning

English, German, and Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Michael. This form has also absorbed cognates from other European languages.

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


Similar surnames: Michael, Michaelis, Michiels, Michels, Michel, Michaelsen, Michaelson

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Where is the Michaels family from?

You can see how Michaels families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Michaels family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Michaels families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Michaels families living in Indiana. This was about 25% of all the recorded Michaels's in the USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Michaels families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Michaels surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Michaels ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Michaels. 16% of Michaels men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Michaels women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Michaels were Clerk and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Saleslady
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Michaels. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Michaels census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Michaels. 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 Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Michaels. For the veterans among your Michaels ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Michaels lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Michaels life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Michaels in 1944 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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