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The MICHELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,397 11954 0.001 9
United States (1880 census) 73 38793 0.000 1
Change since 1880 +2324 +26839 +0.001 +8
Other Countries
Australia 634 2545 0.004 39
United Kingdom 749 6579 0.002 16
Top States for MICHELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 245 11715 0.001 12
California 229 17797 0.001 7
Florida 201 14777 0.001 13
New York 178 17919 0.001 9
Pennsylvania 158 15669 0.001 13
Top States for MICHELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 24 9594 0.003 31
Louisiana 97 8324 0.002 22
Indiana 113 10638 0.002 19
Connecticut 55 14423 0.002 16
Mississippi 45 7889 0.002 16


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MICHELL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MICHELL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MICHELL in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MICHELL by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MICHELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MICHELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MICHELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MICHELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 563 23.49
White (Hispanic) 185 7.72
Native American/Alaskan 66 2.75
Mixed Race 41 1.71
Asian/Pacific 22 0.92
White (Caucasian) 1,520 63.41

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MICHELL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MICHELL in historical publications

MICHELL. See Mitchell. Gilbert de Aquila, otherwise called Magnus, and by the Saxons, Mucel, i.e., " the Great," flourished in the XI. cent. From him one of the families of Michell are illegitimately descended. Eng. Surn. ii. 190.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to MICHELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MICHELL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MICHELL

The following words are slight variants of MICHELL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.