What does Michael mean?
Michael [michael]▼ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Michael) is pronounced MYE-kal. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Michael is "who is like God?". Biblical: Michael is the archangel who defeats the dragon. He and Gabriel are angels given personal names in the canonical Bible. In the Middle Ages, Michael was regarded as captain of the heavenly host and patron of soldiers. He was often depicted carrying a flaming sword, and sometimes guarding the gates of Paradise. Many saints, emperors, and kings have borne the name, and there are many variants, male and female. See also Michal. Baseball celebrity Mickey Mantle; actors Mickey Rooney, Michael Caine, Mike Myers; singers Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger; cartoon celebrity Mickey Mouse; Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev; hockey player Mike Modano; fashion designer Michael Kors.
VARIANTS Maik, Makai▲, Meical, Micael, Mical, Micha, Michaelangelo, Michail, Michal, Michale, Miche, Micheal▼, Michel▼, Michelangelo, Michele, Michelet, Michiel, Mick, Mickey▼, Micky, Miesha, Miguel, Mihai, Mihail, Mihailo, Mihaly, Mihangel, Mikael, Mike▼, Mikel, Mikell, Mikey, Mikkel, Mikhail, Mikhalis, Mikhos, Mikkel, Miko, Mikol, Miky, Miquel, Mischa, Misha, Mitch▼, Mitchell▼, Mychael, Mychal, Mykal, Myke, Mykel, Mykell
SEE ALSO MicahCREATIVE FORMS
(male) Machael, Mochael, ..
(female) MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
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How popular is Michael?
Michael is a very prominent first name for men (#4 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#798 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)
Michael reached its peak rank of #1 in the U.S. in 1998, and is presently at #9. (2015 BIRTH Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Makai (#681 A YEAR AGO), Micah (#108), Michaelangelo, Michal, Michale, Micheal (#840), Michel, Michelangelo (#1910), Michele, Michiel, Mick, Mickey (#1569), Micky, Miguel (#161), Mikael (#1187), Mike (#1032), Mikel (#1224), Mikhail (#1263), Miquel, Mitch, Mitchell (#585), Mychael, Mychal, Mykal and Mykel are the prominent related forms of Michael (#9) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Michael was well-received 65 years ago (MEDIAN #1223) and has become significantly reduced since (#1483, ▼75%), with forms such as Micheal becoming less stylish. Makai and Micah are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list.
Michael▼ is pronounced similarly to Mikal. Other recommended names are Machen, Macniel, Macrae, Marchall, Michio, Migdahl, Migdal, Mishaal, Mishal, Mitchel▼, Mitchill, Mochan, Nikhel, Raphael▲, Sachiel, Vachel and Yisrael. These names tend to be less commonly used than Michael.See names in meaning and etymology.