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.
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).
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).