Mitchell, Mistéil An English and a Scottish surname, from the Hebrew name Michael. Mac Gille Mhicheil anglicised as MacMicheil was to be found in Bute. Mac Giolla Mhichil a Gaelic surname meaning servant of St. Michael. A sept who were chiefs of Clann Chonghaile in Fermanagh, but were dispossessed by the Maguires in the fifteenth century. In Scotland in 1863 Mitchell was the twenty-fourth most numerous surname and the estimated number of bearers was 16,100. In 1890 Mitchell was principally found in Antrim, Galway and Dublin, and the estimated number of bearers was 5,700 (including variants). In the United States it is the 41st most numerous surname with an estimated 440,000 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 51st most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 it was the 15th most numerous surname.
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