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Michelson Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from the Yiddish personal name Mikhl (see Michael). English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Michel (see Mitchell). Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Michel, a Dutch variant of Michael. Americanized spelling of Michelsen.

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


Similar surnames: Michaelson, Michelsen, Michelman, Nichelson, Mickelson, Mitchelson

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Where is the Michelson family from?

You can see how Michelson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Michelson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Michelson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 90 Michelson families living in Wisconsin. This was about 22% of all the recorded Michelson's in USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Michelson families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Michelson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Michelson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Michelson. 12% of Michelson men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Michelson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Michelson were Farm Laborer 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
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Saleslady
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Michelson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Michelson 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Michelson. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Michelson. For the veterans among your Michelson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Michelson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Michelson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Michelson in 1941 was 37, and 79 in 2004.

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