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Re: Mickle same as McMickle
Posted by: Daniel Mickle (ID *****9383) Date: August 13, 2007 at 16:58:45
In Reply to: Mickle same as McMickle by Terry Graf of 437

You may already know this, but:

Mickle comes from Scotland. It meant large or grand and generally meant 'the mickle' or head-man of a certain shire. Thus, there are different Mickle families that are not necessarily related to each other... (Makes the geneology trace much harder...)

There was a time after the Revolutionary War, when Scots were not allowed entry into the country, so many Scots who came here claimed to be Irish, instead. That is the origin of the term Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish.

Since Mc is Irish for 'Son of' (Scots use Mac for the same thing) it is quite possible that McMickle was originally a Mickle who settled in Ireland for a time, and his sons took McMickle to show they were now considering themselves Irish.

Hope that's uaefull.


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