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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Who is like God
  • Portuguese : Like the Lord

What does Miguel mean and stand for?

The name Miguel is of Hebrew origin and means "who is like God." It is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Michael.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Miguel

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish and Portuguese : from the personal name Miguel, equivalent to Michael.


According to Social Security Administration data, Miguel declining in popularity, falling out of the top 100 in 2008. Despite the decline, it remains in the top 200.

However, it is the 23rd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Miguel was at its peak popularity in January 2017.

Miguel is a rather popular Spanish name, with namesakes such as novelist Miguel de Cervantes, poet Miguel Ángel Asturias, actor Miguel José Ferrer, and singer Miguel Jontel Pimentel. The name has also seen a small spike in popularity due to celebrities choosing it for their sons, such as Mike Tyson, Julia Lemmertz and Alexandre Borges, and Nick Clegg and Miriam González Durántez.

Where is it Popular?

Miguel was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Miguel
  • Mick
  • MickyMig
  • Miggy
  • Mike

Pairs well with these middle names

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