The meaning of the name “Michael” is: “Who is like God?”.
Additional information: Michael is an extended form of Micha, a name of Hebrew origin, derived from the Hebrew name Mīkhā’ē‘l, from the question ‘מי כאל’, which means ‘Who is like God?’ It is used widely in the Bible for various characters, including one of the seven Archangels, closest to God and responsible for carrying out God's judgements and regarded as Saint. Also considered to be the field commander of the army, in Medieval period, and the patron saint of soldiers. The archangel Michael is the only archangel aside from Gabriel who is recognized by Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
As a biblical name, other names such as Gabriel, Matthew, Peter, and John are similar. The four most common nicknames for Michael are Mick, Mickey, Mike, and Mikey, and feminine names are based around variant spellings for Michaela (for example Mikki, Mikayla, and Michayla). The most common misspelling of Michael is ‘Micheal’, but others are ‘Michale’, ‘Micahel’, and ‘Michal’.
Michael has been an extremely popular name for boys in the USA since the end of World War Two, having never fallen out of the top ten since 1943 and sitting as the uncontested most popular name for boys in America from 1954 to 1998. Since 1998, however, its popularity has dipped to seventh in the USA, and 53rd in the UK. In 2012 it ranked number 8 in the USA. It is also a popular name worldwide, and in non-English speaking countries its foreign spellings are just as popular, including the Russian Михаи́л (Michael), the French Michel, and the Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish Mikael.
Michael was a popular name among many royal houses of Europe for centuries; this was also the name of nine Byzantine emperors and a czar of Russia. A lot of the name’s popularity can be attributed to two very famous Michaels being at the height of their respective careers at around the same time – Michael Jackson (musician) and Michael Jordan (basketball player). Other celebrities named Michael are Michael Douglas (actor), Michael J. Fox (actor), and Michael Faraday (scientist).
St Michael’s Mount, a small island off the coast of Cornwall, has been the subject of a number of myths, legends, and stories. Sailors from the fifth century would state that mermaids had lured them onto the rock, and others would say they had seen the patron saint of fishing, St Michael, standing on the island to guide them to safety. The island was also supposed to be the home of Cormoran the giant, the same giant from ‘Jack the Giant Killer’.
Pronunciation: (mee kah el) Form of:Micha Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Michael Jackson, musician - singer
Michael Caine, Oscar winning actor
Michael Jordan, American athlete
Michael Douglas, actor
Michael J. Fox, actor
Michael Cera, actor
Michael Emerson, actor
Michael C. Hall, actor
Michael Phelps, Olympic-winning swimmer
Michael J. Nelson, comedian
Michael Landon, actor
Michael Ealy, actor
Michael Fassbender, actor
Michael Gambon, actor
Michael Kors, fashion designer.
Considering Michael as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Michael for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Michael is a boy name.
The name Michael is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Czech speaking countries, English speaking countries, French speaking countries, German speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Michael 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.
Michael Name Meaning
The meaning of Michael is “Who is like God?”. 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 Michael and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Michael 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 Michael 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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Popularity of the Name Michael
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Michael 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.
Michael Boy Name Popularity Chart
Michael 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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