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What does Michelle mean?

Michelle Pronunciation of Michelle 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' song "Michelle" in the 1970s. Popular in Germany. Actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Sara Michelle Gellar; singer Me'shell N'Degé Ocello; figure skater Michelle Kwan.



VARIANTS Chelle, Machelle, Mashelle, M'chelle, Mechelle, Meechelle, Me'shell, Meshella, Mia, Micaela, Michaela, Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Micheline, Michell, Michella, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Miguela, Miguelita, Mikaela, Miquela, Misha, Mishaelle, Mishelle, M'shell, Mychele, Mychelle, Myshell, Myshella

SEE ALSO Nichelle, Shell, Shelley




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How popular is Michelle?

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)

Michelle entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #263 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michelle name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Michelle outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Michelle (#263 VIA LATEST LIST) ranked in the Top 2000 are Machelle, Mechelle, Mia (#7), Micaela (#1138), Michael, Michaela (#529), Michaele, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Michell, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Mikaela (#678), Misha (#1994), Nichelle and Shelley. Usage of these relations of Michelle was more pronounced 48 years ago (USAGE OF 2.2%) and has become significantly less since (USAGE 0.9%, 59% LESS), with versions like Michell becoming less stylish. Mia is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michelle, Machelle, Mechelle, Mia, Micaela in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michael, Michaela, Michaele, Michaeline, Michaella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Michell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Micki, Mickie, Midge, Mikaela, Misha in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nichelle, Shelley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Michelle, Mia, Michaela, Mikaela outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Bethelle (see Bethel), Cathelle (see Catherine), Cicelie (see Cecilia), Darchelle, Dielle, Dinelle, Ginelle, Giselle, Gizelle, Jinelle, Jiselle, Jizelle, Jocelle, Lachelle, Mabelle, Macaela, Madelle, Marcelle, Marchelle, Marelle, Marselle, Martelle, Marvelle, Maxwelle, Maybelle, Mechaela, Merielle, Mical, Michaelyn, Michala, Michalin, Michayla, Michee, Mickee, Micole, Mikhayla, Mille, Mirabelle, Mirell, Mirella, Mirelle, Mishaila, Moisella (see Moselle), Moiselle, Mosella, Moselle, Murielle, Mychaela, Mychal, Niceole (see Nicole), Nichele, Nicholle, Nicolle, Nishell, Nishelle, Pashelle, Rachelce, Rachell, Rachelle, Rashelle, Raychelle, Richel, Richela, Richele, Richella, Richelle, Richette, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella, Rochelle, Roshelle, Ruthelle, Schelley and Shelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Michelle.

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