[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] German form of Meychlow

AlbertMuth at aol.com AlbertMuth at aol.com
Thu Feb 19 17:39:40 PST 2004

Given something like z Meychlsw, I would have created the spelling
Meichel, myself.

I would rule out a connection with Polish Michal~ or German Michael--
the first two vowels are two dissimilar.  Historically, there might be a

I use a couple of sources to check on possible German names.  Michigan
has a very high percentage of people with German ancestry, so I have been
surrounded by the surnames all my life.  But there are hundreds of names that
I have never seen before, so I like to check the possibilities on a couple of

The first is the rootsweb/ancestry.com database at
Here, you will find 20 individuals spelled Meichel, many from Bavaria.

The second one is the SSDI (Social Security Death Index)--with so many
Germans and Poles coming to the USA, you will find a really good
there.  The best URL I can come up with is
but it seems to me that I access this through my university account, which
has paid access to ancestry.com  I cannot vouch that this URL will work
from a normal email account.

al muth

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