The meaning of the name “Michelle” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Michelle originated as the feminine form of the Hebrew name Michael. It can have a few different meanings, including “Gift from God”, “Who is like God?”, and “Close to God”. These are all inherited meanings from the original name Michael. This name began being used mainly in France, as feminine form of Michel; variant of Michele, but it transferred to some English speaking countries in the early 1900s.
Michelle is a variant of the name Michael. Other similar feminine forms include Michela and Micalle. Some people use an alternate spelling of Michele. Around the world the spelling of the name changes, such as Mikaela in Finnish or Michaela in German, but they are all still forms of the same name Michelle. A few names that may have been derived from Michelle are Mikayla and Shelley. Common misspellings of the name include Mishelle, Mishell, Michell, or Mechelle.
In recent years the name Michelle has not seen much usage outside of the US. Since it began being used in English speaking countries around 1914, it has surged in popularity within the US, peaking most recently in 1972 when it was the 2nd most popular name for baby girls. It has been slowly losing popularity, ranking at 187th most popular in 2014. No English speaking countries ranked this name in their top 100 in 2014.
Many celebrities or famous people share the name Michelle. This includes Michelle Obama, First Lady to Us President Barak Obama who was elected into office in 2008; Michelle Kwan, and Olympic American figure skater; Michelle Pfeiffer, a popular American actress; and Michelle Williams, a singer from the group Destiny’s Child; and Michelle Keegan, a British actress.
Pronunciation: (mih SHELL); (mee SHELL) Form of:Michele
Considering Michelle as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Michelle for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Michelle is a girl name.
The name Michelle is of French, Hebrew origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, French speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Michelle we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Michelle Name Meaning
The meaning of Michelle has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Michelle are:
Hebrew meaning: Who is like God?
French meaning: French feminine form of Michel
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Michelle and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Michelle and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Michelle is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Michelle Categories
The name Michelle is in the following categories: American Names, Celebrity Names, English Names, French Names, Middle Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Michelle. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Michelle, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Michelle
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Michelle displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Michelle Boy Name Popularity Chart
Michelle Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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