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Meaning and name origin

Michelle \m(i)-chelle, mich(el)-le\ as a girl's name is pronounced mee-SHELL. It is of French and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Michelle is "who is like God?". Feminine of Michael. A popular name when it was first used in the 1940s, and made even more so by the Beatles' famous song "Michelle" in the 1970s. Popular in Germany. Actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Sara Michelle Gellar; singer Me'Shell N'Degé Ocello; figure skater Michelle Kwan.


Michelle has 36 variant forms: Chelle, Machelle, Mashelle, M'chelle, Mechelle, Meechelle, Me'Shell, Meshella, Mia, Micaela, Michaela, Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Micheline, Michell, Michella, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Miguela, Miguelita, Mikaela, Miquela, Misha, Mishaelle, Mishelle, M'shell, Mychele, Mychelle, Myshell and Myshella.

For more information, see also related girl names Nichelle, Shell and Shelley.


Michelle is a very popular first name for females (#21 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#20676 out of 88799, Top 23%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Michelle for girls. Michelle reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Michelle name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Michelle outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Michelle and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mia (#6), Michelle (#187), Michaela (#478), Mikaela (#573), Shelley, Michell, Mickie, Michele, Mechelle, Micaela, Michael, Machelle and Michelina. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Machelle, Mechelle, Mia, Micaela, Michael, Michaela, Michele, Michelina, Michell, Michelle in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mickie, Mikaela, Shelley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mia, Micaela, Michaela, Michelle, Mikaela outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Michaele, Mikelle and Richelle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Michelle.