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Origins of the Mitchell surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Mitchell

Mitchell, Michel, Mychell, Michell, Mitchill

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Where do most Mitchells live?

In 1921, most Mitchells lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Mitchells

How common is your surname?

47th most common surname in the UK

We have 557,000 records for the Mitchell surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Mitchells most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Mitchell first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Mitchells

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Common Female occupations for Mitchells in 1921


Domestic Servant






General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Mitchells in 1921
General Labourer




Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer




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