[ 2 syll. mic-hae(l), mi-cha-el ] The baby boy name Michael is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. Its pronunciation is MAY-KahL (English) or MIH-K-aa-ehL (German) †. Michael is used chiefly in the Czech, English, French, German, and Yiddish languages, and its origin is Hebrew. The name is of the meaning who is like God?. A biblical name, it is derived from the elements 'miy' meaning who ; 'el' God, powerful. Mikhael (Hebrew) is an old form of Michael. The name was borne in the Bible by the archangel Michael, who is regarded by Roman Catholics as a saint. In the medieval period, he was often considered as the field commander of the army of God and the patron saint of soldiers. The name was thus popular with early Christian military leaders, including eight Byzantine emperors and the founder of the House of Romanov in Russia. Various forms of the name came into use throughout Europe. Among English speakers, the name was first adopted as early as the 12th century; it saw a slight dip in popularity in the 19th century before a revival in the 20th. In Ireland, the short form Mick has traditionally been used as a byname for an Irishman or a Catholic Irishman, reflecting the long-standing popularity of the name. See Michael for more information. The name Michaela (Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Scandinavian, and Slavic) is the female form of Michael.
The name Michael is used to a great extent; it has 144 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Machael, Maichail, Maikal, Makael, Makai, Makal, Makel, Makell, Mc Kale, Mckale, Mekhi, Mekil, Micahel, Michaelangelo, Michaele, Michaell, Michale, Michalel, Micheal (also used in Irish and Scottish), Michelangelo, Michelet, Mickael, Mickel (also used in Scandinavian), Micki, Mickie, Micko, Mikal, Mikeal (also used in Irish), Mikel (also used in Basque), and Mikhael. Other English forms include the contractions Mick (also used in Irish), Midge, and Mike, the pet forms Michel (also used in Czech, French, and German), Mickey (also used in Irish, and Spanish), Micky, Mikey, Miles, Misha (also used in Hebrew, and Russian), and Myke, and the variant spellings Mical, Mychal, and Mykal.
Foreign variants of Michael include Dumichel (French), Machas (Polish), Maikel (Dutch), Makis (Greek), Meical (Welsh), Mica (Hebrew), Micah (Hebrew), Michaël (Dutch), Michail (Greek and Russian), Michak (Polish), Michal (Czech, Polish, and Slavic), Michalek (Polish), Michales (Greek), Michalis (Greek), Michau (French), Miche (Italian), Micheil (Gaelic and Scottish), Michele (Italian), Michiel (Dutch), Micho (Spanish), Michon (French), Mickaël (French), Miesha (Russian), Mietek (Polish), Miguel (Portuguese and Spanish), Migui (Spanish), Mihael (Slavic), Mihai (Romanian), Mihail (Greek, Romanian, and Slavic), and Mihailo (Slavic and Ukrainian). Specific foreign forms include the contraction Micha (German and Hebrew), the pet forms Maik (German), Mihaita (Romanian), and Mika (Finnish and Russian), and the variant spelling Micael (Portuguese).
See also the related categories, army (warrior), commander (king), medieval, god, yiddish, powerful, revival, christian (missionary), europe (continental), biblical, hebrew, czech, roman, archangel, catholics, french, and german.
Michael is very popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1920s up to the 1960s. At the peak of its usage in 1969, 4.656% of baby boys were given the name Michael. Its ranking then was #1. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2018, its usage was only 0.602% and its ranking #14, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, Michael was thrice as popular as the next most popular name, Miles. Michael has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1994, baby boys named Michael outnumbered girls by 221 times.
Baby names that sound like Michael include Meikal, Michaell, Michaël, Micheal, Mykal, Mykel, MacCall, MacColl, Maccoll, MacElroy, Macelroy, Machael, Maciel, MacKile, MacKyle, Mackile, Mackswel, Mackswell, Mackswil, and Mackswill.
† 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)"
Details of famous persons named Michael:
Actor Robert Blake, born Michael James Vijencio Gubitosi, 18 September 1933, Nutley, New Jersey.
Actor Michael Caine, born Maurice Micklewhite, 14 March 1933, London, England.
Actor Michael Chiklis, born 30 August 1963, Lowell, Massachusetts.
Actor Michael Douglas, born 25 September 1944, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Actor Michael Ealy, born 3 August 1973, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Actor Michael J. Fox, born 9 June 1961, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Actor Michael Keaton, born Michael Keaton Douglas, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.
Actor Michael Richards, born 24 July 1949, Culver City, California.
Actor M. Emmet Walsh, born Michael Emmet Walsh, 22 March 1935, Ogsdensburg, New York.
Actor Michael Redgrave, born 20 March 1908, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.