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Miqueli Surname History

"The Miqueletes" = (Before) Derogatory for civil guards were mercenary soldiers recruited by the councils of the Crown of Aragon in the seventeenth century as a reinforcement of the regular forces. Also called to the armed forces and provincial Northern Spain (Basque Country, Navarra) that were suppressed in the mid-nineteenth century.

Miquelet were irregular local troops in Catalonia who some say derived their name, it is said, from Miguel or Miquelot de Prats, a Catalan mercenary captain in the service of Cesare Borgia.

They enjoyed a certain prominence in the minor wars of Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries and in peace seem to have plundered travelers.

In the War of the Spanish Succession (q.v.) the Miquelets continued the struggle against the French claimant until long after the peace.
During the Peninsular War they were exceedingly successful in harassing the French invaders in the mountains of Catalonia. Sometimes they even attempted operations in large bodies, as in the operations round Gerona in 1808 and 1809.
They were maintained by several parishes, not by the central or the provincial governments, and they turned out for duty on the sound of the village alarm-bell (somaten) they are frequently called somatenes.

'Miquelot Prats' a military Catalan, seventeenth century, probably born in Prats de Lluçanès, was one of the chief body Miquelets. They were a band of mercenaries founded in 1640 during the War of the Reapers, which saw the Catalan revolt against the Spanish monarchy. The nickname of the auxiliary troops come from this name.

Miqueli Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

MIQUELI are Ashkenazi Jews who can be traced as far back as 1724 Nuremberg Germany. They relocated to Sicily after being persecuted by the Prussians. They departed Italy after being persecuted by Garibaldi's Red Shirts and settled in Spain as Sephardic Jews till they converted to Catholicism during the 'Converso' after being persecuted during the Spanish Inquisition. Eventually they left Europe in 1894 settling in San Antonio de los Banos Cuba. In 1959 Cuba became a Communist state under Fidel Castro. Fearing persecution based on the socialist system now controlled by a dictator, they exiled from Havana Cuba in the mid-1960's, settling in the United States, particularly New York and Florida, where they got persecuted by everybody else.

Miqueli Meaning & Etymology

Miqueli - J2: Semitic Origin. Mostly found in the Middle East, Mediterranean, and North Africa. This haplogroup contains the Cohen modal lineage which is found in about 5% of those with this origin. Sephardic Jews and Arab Moors belong to this Haplogroup and they were among the earliest settlers of the Iberian Peninsula. About 28% of Sephardic Jews have this origin. 6% of modern day Iberians have J, J1, or J2 origin.

Miqueli Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

It is believed that the word MIQUELET (Miqueletes or Migueletes) developed directly from Miqueli. The origins of Miquelet are somewhat known but the origins of the Miqueli name itself remains unknown except it can be traced only as far back as 1724 Nuremberg Germany.

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