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What does Michelle mean?

Michelle \m(i)-chelle, mich(el)-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' 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 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.

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

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


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)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Michelle for girls. Michelle entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #187 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 popularity of the girl name Michelle and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Michelle (#187 a year ago) ranked in the Top 1000 are Machelle, Mechelle, Mia (#6 a year ago), Micaela, Michael, Michaela (#478), Michele, Michelina, Michell, Mickie, Mikaela (#573) and Shelley. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.3518%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.212%, down 39.7%), with versions like Micaela, Michael, Michele, Michell and Shelley becoming somewhat outmoded. Mia (#6), Michaela (#478), Michelle (#187) and Mikaela (#573) are four of the more contemporarily stylish birth names among these. (2014 Birth 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, Michaela, Michelle, Mikaela outside U.S.

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Richelle. Like Michelle, this name is not frequently used.