The origin of the MITCHELL surname is unclear…
The MITCHELL name has changed multiple times just in the last 150 years as it was Americanized from French, Canada and France….
Prior to Mitchell it was: St Mitchell > St Michel > Michel… and that is just what my initial research has uncovered…
The MITCHELL name is:
• 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
• A corruption of Michael, or from the Saxon Muchel, “Big”