What does Michael mean?
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.
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.
Related boy name: Micah.more]
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)
Presented below is the baby name statistics 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 relations of Michael was well-received 54 years ago (median #606) and is somewhat less today (#779, ▼44%), with forms such as Michel becoming less stylish. Makai, Micah and Miguel are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list.
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Michael is pronounced similarly to Mikal. Other recommended similar baby 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.