Quick Facts on Mitchell
- English, Scottish
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Who is like God?
Characteristics of Mitchell
Etymology & Historical Origin - Mitchell
Mitchell is the transferred use of an English and/or Scottish surname, itself derived from a medieval nickname for Michael (taken from the Norman pronunciation of the French Michel). The first recorded spelling of the surname came in the early 13th century when it was written as “Michel”. Michael, of course, comes from the Hebrew “mikha'el” which actually translates into a question: “Who is like God?” It seems odd to have a first name that basically asks a question, one would think. However, the question is thought to be rhetorical. The implied answer is clear: no one is like God. Therefore, the translation of the name Michael is often one of humility. In the bible, Michael was one of the archangels who stood close to God and carried out His judgments, and as a protector of the ancient Hebrews. Michael was the chief leader of the angels who fought and defeated the dragon (i.e., the devil), hurling him from heaven. As such, he became of symbol of the Church Militant and a patron saint of soldiers. Fittingly, Michael became popularized in the Middle Ages during the Crusades (Christian Holy Wars against the Muslims for the Holy Land) as western Europeans saw themselves as soldiers of God. The name Michael conveys a sense of power, bravery and strength by its translated meaning; but it is also a symbol of humility expressed very simply by that question mark. Out of all the English-speaking countries, the name Mitchell has seen its highest success in Australia.
Popularity of the Name Mitchell
Mitchell is a surname-turned-first-name that has been used as a given name in the United States since at least the 19th century. The name has been moderately used throughout the 20th century, but the clear peak of his popularity came during the 1990s – for 10 years between 1988 and 1997, Mitchell was a Top 100 most favored boy’s name. In 1994, the name was given to over 5000 baby boys (which doesn’t sound like a whole lot but on a relative basis, that’s an impressive number). The name’s popularity has dropped considerably as we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century. In the past 10 years, Mitchell has declined almost 300 positions on the male naming charts – bringing him from trendy back to underused and barely fashionable territory. Today the name is given to just over 700 baby boys each year. We love the idea of using Mitchell as a modern twist on the father’s name Michael. Mitchell is cooler and more hip than the old timeless classic Michael. And yet Mitchell has been around for centuries in his own right. Mitchell is a cute name that ages into adulthood nicely, and Mitch is a masculine, strong-sounding pet form. We’re glad its trendy days are behind him. That just makes Mitchell more of an original choice for parents of today.
Popularity of the Boy Name Mitchell
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mitchell
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mitchell
Mitchell Sanders (The Things They Carried) Mitchell Sanders is one of the main characters in Tim O’Brien’s collection of short stories about foot soldiers before, during, and after the Vietnam War, first published in 1990 and titled “The Things They Carried”. Mitchell is the platoon’s RTO (Radio Telephone Operator) so he symbolizes intelligent communication. He is kind, truthful and generally obsessed with finding the moral behind the actions of the stories. He also fancies himself a ladies-man which is underscored by what he ‘carries’ around – condoms and a set of nicely laundered and pressed fatigues fitting for a special occasion (perhaps a little optimistic given their war-torn reality).
Popular Songs on Mitchell
Mitchell - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Mitchell.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Mitchell
Mitchell Is Moving (Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) - Sixty years is long enough to live in one place, even for a dinosaur. When Mitchell decides to move, his best friend Margo threatens drastic measures. "Sharmat excels at bright styling; Aruego and Dewey give the endearing characters their all."--Booklist, starred review. Illustrated in three colors. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
Mitchell's License (Hallie Durand) - Hop in for a hilarious, heartwarming ride with four-year-old Mitchell, a kid with a need for speed, a lead foot, and a very special license to drive. Mitchell was four years, one month, and five days old when he got his license. He may need a little boost getting into the driver’s seat, but once he’s behind the wheel, his car sure goes fast! Left turn, right turn, slow down for speed bumps - Mitchell is a pro. And he loves the way that horn sounds! There’s just one problem: Mitchell and his car have a slight disagreement about what type of fuel should go into the tank...With warmth and sly wit, Hallie Durand follows a young child obsessed with all things automobile, while Tony Fucile’s comical illustrations convey the well-tuned bond between an obliging father and a high-octane child. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Mitchell
Famous People Named Mitchell - Mitchell Boggs (baseball player); Mitchell Butler (basketball player); Mitchell Johnson (artist); Mitchell Page (baseball player); Mitchell Ryan (actor); Mitchell Wiggins (basketball player); Mitchell Baker (businesswoman/activist)
Children of Famous People Named Mitchell
Famous People Who Named Their Son Mitchell - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Mitchell.
Mitchell - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Mitchell - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mitchell.
Personality of the Boy Name Mitchell
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Mitchell