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Boy name origins & meanings

Meaning: 

  • Hebrew: Who is like God?
  • English: Gift from God

Gender: Male

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Michael is pronounced: mye-kuhl

Boy name variations

Michail

Michail

0 % this year
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Mikhail

Mikhail

- 34% this year
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Mikas

Mikas

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Mikel

Mikel

+ 5% this year
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Michel

Michel

- 6% this year
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Miguel

Miguel

+ 4% this year
Masculine
Common
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Michelangelo

Michelangelo

+ 13% this year
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Micah

Micah

+ 7% this year
Neutral
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Michiel

Michiel

0 % this year
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Micha

Micha

+ 37% this year
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Mischa

Mischa

+ 31% this year
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Mitchell

Mitchell

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Mitch

Mitch

- 14% this year
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Michau

Michau

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Mikkel

Mikkel

- 10% this year
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Michele

Michele

+ 33% this year
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Mihon

Mihon

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Mikhos

Mikhos

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Mihal

Mihal

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Mick

Mick

+ 13% this year
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Mickey

Mickey

+ 24% this year
Neutral
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Micky

Micky

+ 113% this year
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Mike

Mike

+ 30% this year
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Mikey

Mikey

+ 24% this year
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Mickie

Mickie

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Midge

Midge

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Mihály

Mihály

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Mikó

Mikó

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How Popular Is The Name Michael

Family name origins & meanings

English, German, Dutch, and Jewish: from the personal name Michael, ultimately from Hebrew Micha-el "who is like God?" This was borne by various minor Biblical characters and by one of the archangels, the protector of Israel (Daniel 10:13, 12:1; Rev. 12:7). In Christian tradition, Michael was regarded as the warrior archangel, conqueror of Satan, and the personal name was correspondingly popular throughout Europe, especially in knightly and military families. In English-speaking countries, this surname is also found as an Anglicized form of several Greek surnames having Michael as their root, for example Papamichaelis "Michael the priest" and patronymics such as Michaelopoulos.

Michael in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Michael Scott from The Office - The bumbling, yet endearing regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch known for his inappropriate humor and heart of gold.
  • Michael Corleone from The Godfather - The reluctant son who takes over his family's crime syndicate, becoming a powerful mafia boss.
  • Michael Bluth from Arrested Development - The only responsible member of the Bluth family, attempting to keep his dysfunctional relatives and their real estate business afloat.
  • Michael Myers from Halloween - The iconic, masked serial killer character who first appeared in the 1978 horror film, stalking the streets of Haddonfield.
  • Michael Knight from Knight Rider - A high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by his artificially intelligent car, KITT.

Popularity of the Name Michael

According to data from the Social Security Administration, Michael has been a consistently popular name in the United States. It has maintained its popularity over the years, often ranking among the top names given to newborns. 

Michael has historical significance with notable individuals bearing the name. For instance, Saint Michael is a prominent figure in religious contexts, known as an archangel. In popular culture, actors like Michael B. Jordan and Michael Fassbender have brought recognition to the name through their work in movies and television. 

Additionally, writers such as Michael Crichton and Michael Connelly have made significant contributions to literature, further adding to the name's cultural relevance. Fictional characters named Michael have appeared in various media, including the TV series The Office and the film The Godfather, contributing to the name's familiarity in mainstream entertainment.

Where Is the Name Michael Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Michael

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Mic
  • Micah
  • Micki
  • Mike
  • Mikey
  • Miko

Michael Pairs Well With These Middle Names

Looking for a middle name that fits perfectly? Consider these!

Michael name meaning