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What does the name Mitchell mean?

Mitchell is English and Scottish in origin, and has two main points of origin. Most commonly it comes from the Norman name 'Michel/Michael' and is patronymic, referring to those who are the son or descendant of a bearer of that name. Secondly the surname Mitchell can come from the Middle English word for 'big' (michel or mechel), and be a descriptive name that refers to someone large in stature and their descendants.

The earliest occurrence of the Mitchell surname in our family history documents is from 1518, and we currently have 3,133,782 records where Mitchell appears.

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