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Michelle 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 form 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 names Nichelle, Shell and Shelley.
Baby names that sound like Michelle are Mikelle, Mikella, Michaila, Micole and Michala.
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Popularity of Michelle
Michelle is a very popular first name for women (#21 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#20676 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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