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Mitchell Family History

Mitchell Name Meaning

from the Middle English, Old French personal name Michel, vernacular form of Michael. nickname for a big man, from Middle English michel, mechel, muchel ‘big’. Irish (County Connacht): surname adopted as equivalent of Mulvihill.

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


Similar surnames: Kitchell, Michel, Michelle, Patchell, Winchell, Mitch, Witcher

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Where is the Mitchell family from?

You can see how Mitchell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mitchell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mitchell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 9,800 Mitchell families living in Yorkshire. This was about 21% of all the recorded Mitchell's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Mitchell families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mitchell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mitchell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Mitchell. 7% of Mitchell men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Mitchell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mitchell were Bricklayer and Private Means.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Bricklayer
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Mitchell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mitchell 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 325,000 immigration records available for the last name Mitchell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 383,000 military records available for the last name Mitchell. For the veterans among your Mitchell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mitchell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mitchell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Mitchell in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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