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Gender: M Meaning of Michael: "who is like God?" Origin of Michael: Hebrew Michael's Popularity in 2013: #7

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Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down to seventh place, still translating to about an annual 15,000+ babies. How has Michael racked up this phenomenal record? Credit its use by parents of diverse ethnic and religious groups, and Michael's all-around likability, strength, and sincerity.

In the Bible, Michael is the archangel who led the other angels to victory in a war against Satan, one of only two archangels (the other is Gabriel) recognized by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The widespread popularity of Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan were major contributors to its long-running success.

Today, though, Michael may feel more like a dad name than a baby name. Up-and-coming substitutes you might consider include Micah, Malachi, Gabriel, and Raphael.

Famous People Named Michael

Michael, Biblical archangel
Michael Joseph Jackson, American singer
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, American basketball player
Michael "Mick" Jagger, English rock musician
Michael Buble, Canadian singer
Michael Bloomberg, American politician, former mayor of New York City
Michael Caine (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite), English actor
Michael I, King of Romania
Michael John Burkett, lead singer of band NOFX
Michael John Clarke, Australian cricketer
Michael Francis Moore, American documentary filmmaker
Michaël Llodra, French tennis player
Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor
Michael Crabtree, American football player
Michael Kirk Douglas, American actor
Michael John "Mike" Myers, American actor/comedian
Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American tennis player
Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson, American boxer
Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield, English musician
Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee, American politician, former governor of Arkansas
Michael Deane "Mike" Harris, Canadian politician, former premier of Ontario
Michael Stanley Dukakis, American politician, governor of Massachusetts
Michael Mario Andretti, American racing driver
Michael Scudamore Redgrave, English actor
Johann Michael Haydn, Austrian composer
(Robert) Michael Nesmith, American musician of The Monkees
Michael Ealy, American actor
Michael Emerson, American actor
Michael Fassbender, German-Irish actor
Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor
Michael Gambon, Irish actor
Michael C. Hall, American actor
Michael Søren Madsen, American actor
Michael Harney, American actor
Michael Jones, American YouTuber
Michael Kors, American fashion designer
Michael Omartian, American singer-songwriter and producer
Michael Landon, American actor
Michael Manning Weatherly Jr, American actor
Michael McIntyre, English comedian
Michael Morpurgo, English children's author
Michael J. Nelson, American comedian
Michael Edward Killeen Hussey, Australian cricketer
Michael Nigro, American actor
Michael Phelps, American Olympic swimmer
Michael "Mike" Pilavachi, British evangelist
Michael Rooker, American actor
Michael Schumacher, German racing driver
Michael Scott, Irish author
Michael Strahan, American football player and talk show host
Michael Dwayne Vick, American football player
Michael McDonald, American singer of The Doobie Brothers
Michael Robert Wahlberg, son of American actor Mark Wahlberg
Michael Richard Wayans, son of actor Damon Wayans
Michael Alexandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia
Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia
Michael VIII Palaiologos, Emperor of Nicaea and the Byzantine Empire
Michael III, Byzantine Emperor
Michael VII Doukas, Byzantine Emperor
Michael Mackintosh Foot, British Labour leader and MP
Michael Andrew Foster Jude Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian, Baron Kerr of Monteviot, British Conservative leader and MP
Michael Nikolaevich, Grand Duke of Russia
Michael Terry Weiss, American actor
Michael Cera, American actor
(John) Michael Stipe, lead singer of American band R.E.M.
Michael Beach, American actor
Michael Ian Black, American actor/comedian
Michael Willy Schenker, German guitarist of band UFO
Michael James Owen, English footballer
Michael Medved, American radio host
Michael Donald Kirby, former Australian High Court justice
Michael Leonard Brecker, American jazz saxophonist
Michael Rex Giles, drummer of English band King Crimson
Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer
George Michael Sinclair Kennedy, English biographer and music critic
Michael Ryan Pritchard aka Mike Dirnt, bassist for American band Green Day
Michael "Mikey" James Way, Bassist for American rock band My Chemical Romance
Michael Gordon Clifford, guitarist and vocalist in Australian band '5 Seconds of Summer'

Pop Culture References for the Name Michael

Michael Corleone, main character in The Godfather trilogy
Michael "Mike" Wazowski, main character in Pixar's "Monsters, Inc."
Michael "Mike" Nelson, character on TV's "Mystery Science Theatre 3000"
Michael Scott, character on TV's "The Office"
(George) Michael Bluth, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
Michael Kelso, character on TV's That '70s Show
Michael Weaver, character in Myra McEntire's Hourglass series
Michael Samuelle, Roy Dupuis' character on show "La Femme Nikita"
Michael James "Mike" Ross, character on TV's "Suits"
Michael Glass, character in "Morganville Vampires" series
Michael Aaron "Mike" Seaver, character on TV's "Growing Pains"
Michael Scofield, main character in the TV's"Prison Break"
Michael Vaughn, character on "Alias" played by Michael Vartan
Michael Moscovitz, character in "The Princess Diaries" series
Michael De Santa, character in Grand Theft Auto 5
Michael J. Caboose, character in RoosterTeeth's Red vs Blue
Michael Hobbs, character in "Elf"
Michael Roberts, character in "Small Island"
Michael Tietjens, character in "Parade's End"
"Michael," a comedic movie about the angel starring John Travolta
Michael Newman, character in movie "Click"
Michael Edward Moon, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Michael Dawson, character on TV's "Lost"
Michael Zhang, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
Michael Vey, main character Richard Paul Evans' Michael Vey series
Michael Becket, character in the video game series "F.E.A.R."
Michael Corinthos III, character on soap "General Hospital"
Michael Myers, main character in the Halloween movies
"Michael, Row the Boat Ashore," gospel song

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