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What does Michelle mean?

Michelle [mi-chel-le] as a girls' 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' 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 variants: Chelle, M'chelle, M'shell, Machelle, Mashelle, Me'shell, Mechelle, Meechelle, Meshella, Mia, Micaela, Michaela, Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Micheline, Michell, Michella, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Miguela, Miguelita, Mikaela, Miquela, Misha, Mishaelle, Mishelle, Mychele, Mychelle, Myshell and Myshella.

Affiliated girl names: Nichelle, Shell and Shelley.

Michelle has 2 more related forms via Michael: Michaele and Mikelle.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Meichelle, Michelmi, ..

(male) Michelbee, Michelmi, ..

How popular is Michelle?

Michelle is a very prominent first name for females (#21 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#28326 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Michelle for girls. Michelle entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #187 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michelle name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of the girl name Michelle and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Michelle (#187 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Machelle, Mechelle, Mia (#6 via latest list), Micaela (#1088), Michael, Michaela (#478), Michaele, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Michell, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Mikaela (#573), Misha, Nichelle and Shelley. Usage of these relations of Michelle was more pronounced 44 years ago (usage of 3.3%) and has become significantly less since (usage 1%, 69% less), with versions like Michaela becoming less stylish. Mia is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michelle, Machelle, Mechelle, Mia, Micaela in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michael, Michaela, Michaele, Michaeline, Michaella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Michell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Micki, Mickie, Midge, Mikaela, Misha in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nichelle, Shelley in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Bethelle (see Bethel), Cathelle (see Catherine), Cicelie (see Cecilia), Darchelle, Dielle, Dinelle, Ginelle, Giselle, Gizelle, Jinelle, Jiselle, Jizelle, Jocelle, Lachelle, Mabelle, Macaela, Madelle, Marcelle, Marchelle, Marelle, Marselle, Martelle, Marvelle, Maxwelle, Maybelle, Mechaela, Merielle, Mical, Michaelyn, Michala, Michalin, Michayla, Michee, Mickee, Micole, Mikhayla, Mille, Mirabelle, Mirell, Mirella, Mirelle, Mishaila, Moisella (see Moselle), Moiselle, Mosella, Moselle, Murielle, Mychaela, Mychal, Niceole (see Nicole), Nichele, Nicholle, Nicolle, Nishell, Nishelle, Pashelle, Rachelce, Rachell, Rachelle, Rashelle, Raychelle, Richel, Richela, Richele, Richella, Richelle, Richette, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella, Rochelle, Roshelle, Ruthelle, Schelley and Shelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Michelle.