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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.

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Famous People Named Michael

Michael Steven Buble, Canadian singer
Michael John Burkett, lead singer of band NOFX
Michael John Clarke, Australian cricketer
Michael Crabtree, American football player
Michael Douglas, American actor
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 Harney, American actor
Michael "Mick" Jagger, English rock musician
Michael Joseph Jackson, American singer
Michael Jones, of Rage Quit fame
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, American basketball player
Michael Kors, American fashion designer
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 Nigro, played Fredrich in The Sound of Music Live
Michael Phelps, American Olympic-winning swimmer
Michael "Mike" Pilavachi
Michael Rooker, American actor
Michael Schumacher, formula one race car driver
Michael Scott, Irish author
Michael Strahan, American football player and talk show host
Michael Vick, American football player
Michael Robert Wahlberg, son of American actor Mark Wahlberg
Michael Richard Wayans, son of actor Damon Wayans
Michael Terry Weiss, American actor
Michael Beach, American actor
Michael Ryan Pritchard, better known as Mike Dirnt, bassist for US punk rock band Green Day
Michael "Mikey" James Way, Bassist for US 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 "Mike" Wazowski, one of the main characters in Monster's Inc.
Michael "Mike" Nelson, protagonist from Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Michael Scott, Steve Carell's character from The Office (U.S. version)
Michael Bluth, protagonist of Arrested Development (Jason Bateman)
Michael Kelso, Ashton Kutcher's character on 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, protagonist in the TV show Suits.
Michael Glass, Fictional character in "Morganville Vampires" series
Michael Crow, anatgonist of "Crow's Peak" (Sarah Marie Clausen)
Michael Aaron "Mike" Seaver, character from Growing Pains
Michael Scofield, main character in the TV series "Prison Break"
Michael Vaughn - character on "Alias" played by Michael Vartan
Michael Moscovitz, character in "The Princess Diaries" series
Michael De Santa, A 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, from the movie "Click"
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."

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