Sandra, interesting points. My ancestors were definitely born in England (around Sussex)and can be traced back to around 1735. I have seen some "family history"/heraldry books on the origins of family names published in the 1960s/1970s that made the grand claim that the name Mitchener/ Michener was a derivative or sounded similar to Munchener (ie someone who came from Munichen or Munich). Hence all of these Mitcheners/Micheners must be from Germany.
I suspect that these books have been responsible for a number of Mitcheners/Micheners thinking that they had German ancestors. One of the books is often used by those "carpet baggers" at travelling shows, special events and shopping centres where they will print out one's family history, origin or surname on parchment. I suspect that because most of the rest of the book has some validity, the book (and the errant claim about Mitcheners/ Micheners) gained quite a bit of currency.
Any comments ?
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