What does Michael mean?
Michael /mi-chael/ as a name for girls (also used more generally as boys' name Michael). Michael's root is Hebrew, and the name Michael means "who is like God?". Michael is an alternate form of Michaela (Hebrew): Latin feminine version of Michael. Mickel is a common last name. See also Micah, Michal, Michelle and Shayla.
Michael▼ has 24 more relations via Michaela: Macaela, Mechaela, Micaela▼, Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michaila, Michal, Michalin, Michayla, Michele▼, Michelle▲, Mickee, Mickey▼, Mickie, Mihaela, Mihaila, Mikaela▲, Mikhaila, Mikhayla, Mischaela, Mishaila, Miskaela and Mychaela.more]
How popular is Michael?
Michael is a very popular first name for women (#799 out of 4276, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#798 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Michael for girls. Michael entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #417 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Michelle (#187 a year ago), Michaela (#478), Mikaela (#573), Shayla (#746), Micah (#994), Mickie, Michele, Micaela and Mickey are the prominent alternative forms of Michael appearing in the Top 1000. Other forms, like Mickee, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Michael reached its highest in 1996 (median #536) and is somewhat less today (#797, 56% less). Michelle has been the most well-known version, although Michaela appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions like Shayla, Micah, Mickey, Micaela and Michele are now somewhat dated. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Michael and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Michael▼ is pronounced similarly to Mical and Micole. Other recommended similar baby names are Michaelyn, Michala, Michee, Michela, Michell▼, Michella, Mishaelle, Mychal, Mychele, Rachael▼ and Richel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Michael.