What does Michael mean?
Michael \m(i)-chael\ 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, Michael J Fox, Michel Chiklis, Michael Gambon, Michael Imperioli, Mike Myers; singers Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger; cartoon celebrity Mickey Mouse; Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev; hockey player Mike Modano; fashion designer Michael Kors.
Michael has 51 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, Mikhail, Mikhalis, Mikhos, Mikkel, Mikkel, Miko, Mikol, Miky, Miquel, Mischa, Misha, Mitch▼, Mitchell▼, Mychael, Mychal, Mykal, Myke, Mykel and Mykell.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Micah.
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Michael for boys. Michael reached its peak rank of #1 in the U.S. in 1998, and is presently at #7. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Makai (#712 a year ago), Micah (#109), Michale, Micheal (#811), Michel, Michele, Mickey, Miguel (#146), Mikael, Mike (#970), Mikel, Mikhail, Mitch, Mitchell (#504), Mychal and Mykel are the prominent related forms of Michael (#7 a year ago) ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.3934%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2201%, down 44.1%), with forms such as Micheal, Michel, Mike, Mitch and Mitchell becoming somewhat outmoded. Makai (#712), Micah (#109) and Miguel (#146) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Michael and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)