[ 2 syll. mic-hae(l), mi-cha-el ] The baby girl name Michael is also used as a boy name, with the latter form being far more popular. It is pronounced MAYKahL (English) or MIHK-aaehL (German) †. Michael has its origins in the Hebrew language and it is used largely in English. The name Michael means 'who is like God?'. It is a biblical name derived from miy which means 'who' ; el 'God, powerful'. The name has sometimes been used for girls, possibly under the influence of the female name Michal. See Michael for more information.
Michael is a form of Michaela.
Forms of Michael include the name Micah, the name Michaela, the name Michaell, the name Michaelle, the name Michaelyn, the name Michal, the English Micheal, and the English Mykel. The shortenings Mikal, Mikel, and Mikelle are other forms of the name. See also the related forms, the Italian Michelangela, the English Richmal.
Michael is rare as a baby girl name. At the peak of its usage in 1975, 0.036% of baby girls were named Michael. It had a ranking of #373 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is used only on a very modest scale today. In 2012, out of the family of girl names directly related to Michael, Michaela was the most widely used. Michael has mainly been a boy name in the last century. There were 221 times more boys than girls who were named Michael in 1994.
Baby names that sound like Michael include Micheal, Machele, Machell, Machelle, Majal, Mashelle, Massiel, Mazal, Mazel, Mazele, Mazell, Mckell, Mckelle, Mechelle, Meechelle, Meichelle, Mekelle, Meschell, Meshal, and Meshell.
† Pronunciation for Michael: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)"