[ 2 syll. mic-hel-le, mi-che-lle ] The baby girl name Michelle is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced Mih-SHEHL in English or Miy-SHEHL in French †. Michelle is of Hebrew origin. It is used mainly in English, French, and German. The name developed via Michèle, the French feminine equivalent of Michel. The name Michele was first adopted by English speakers in the mid 20th-century, but the Anglicized spelling Michelle became more widespread. The latter was in part popularized by the Beatles song Michelle (1965).
Michelle is an English, French, and German form of Michaela.
Michelle is a widely used name; it has 88 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include M'chelle, M'shell, Machealle, Machele, Machell, Machella, Mashelle, Mckayla, Me'Shell, Meechelle, Meichelle, Meschell, Meshell, Meshella, Meshelle, Micaela, Michaela (used in German and Italian as well), Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michaelle, Michalla, Michel, Michelene, Michella, Michellene, Michellyn, Michéle, Michon, and Mickaela. Other English forms include the contracted forms Chelle, Mich, Miche, and Shell, the diminutives Chel, Micha (used in Hebrew as well), Michelina (used in Italian and as well), Michelly, Michelyne, Micki, Midge, Mikki, Mizzy, Shelley, Shellie, and Shelly, and the spelling variants Machelle, Mechelle, Michele (used in French, and Italian as well), Michell (used in Italian as well), Mishell, and Mishelle.
Forms used in foreign languages include Michela (Italian), Miguelita (Spanish), Mikhaila (Russian), and Mischa (Dutch, Russian, and Slavic). The diminutives Micheline (French) and Misha (Russian) are other foreign forms.
Michelle is popular as a baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1960s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. At the height of its usage in 1969, 1.948% of baby girls were named Michelle. It had a ranking of #2 then. The baby name has markedly slipped in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #263 with a usage of 0.067%, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all girl names in its family. Michelle was twice as popular as the 2nd ranked name, Michaela, in 2018. Michelle has in the last century been mainly given to baby girls. There were 214 times more baby girls than boys who were named Michelle in 1983.
Baby names that sound like Michelle include Michel, Michele, Mischelle, Mishele, Mishelle, Machele, Machelle, Mahal, Mahall, Maheleel, Majal, Malayaa, Maleleel, Maloo, Malow, Malowe, Mashelle, Massiel, Mazal, and Mazel.
† Pronunciation for Michelle: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Michelle:
Actress Michelle Rodriguez, born 12 July 1978, Bexar County, Texas.
Actress Michelle Williams, born 9 September 1980, Kalispell, Montana.
Actress Michelle Yeoh, born Yeoh Choo Kheng 6 August 1962, Ipoh, Malaysia.
Figure Skater Michelle Kwan, born Kwan Wing Shan 7 July 1980, Torrance, California.
Golfer Michelle Wie, born 11 October 1989, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Model Michelle Alves, born 19 September 1978, Londrina, Brazil.
Political Relative Michelle Obama, born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson 17 January 1964, Chicago, Illinois.