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Meaning and name origin
Michael \m(i)-chael\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 variant forms: 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 and Mykell.
For more information, see also the related boy name Micah.
Michael is a very popular first name for males (#4 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#877 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Michael for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Michael and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Makai, Micah, Michael, Michale, Micheal, Michel, Michele, Mickey, Miguel, Mikael, Mike, Mikel, Mikhail, Mitch, Mitchell, Mychal and Mykel. (2015 statistics).
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