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What does Michael mean?

Michael Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH dragon, captain (leader), saints


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


FEMININE FORMS Micah, Michaela, Michal, Michelle, Shayla



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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 #14. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Makai (#572 A YEAR AGO), Micah (#103), Michaelangelo, Michal, Michale, Micheal (#1019), Michel, Michelangelo, Michele, Michiel, Mick, Mickey (#1870), Micky, Miguel (#179), Mikael (#1172), Mike (#1125), Mikel (#1223), Mikhail (#1498), Miquel, Mitch, Mitchell (#649), Mychael, Mychal, Mykal and Mykel are the prominent related forms of Michael (#14) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Michael was well-received 68 years ago (MEDIAN #1223) and has become significantly reduced since (#1516, 78%), with forms such as Micheal becoming less stylish. Makai and Micah are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michael, Makai, Micah, Michaelangelo, Michal in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michale, Micheal, Michel, Michelangelo, Michele in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michiel, Mick, Mickey, Micky, Miguel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mikael, Mike, Mikel, Mikhail, Miquel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mitch, Mitchell, Mychael, Mychal, Mykal, Mykel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Michael, Micah, Mikael, Mitchell outside U.S.

Similar Names

Michael is pronounced similarly to Mikal. Other recommended sound-alike 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.

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