French form and German short form of Michael

Michel Origin and Meaning

The name Michel is a boy's name .

While the (male) French form is pronounced in English like the girls' name Michelle and the German form had a hard k-like sound in the middle, this variation of Michael is distinguished by being used evenly for girls and boys in the U.S. For either gender, though, pronunciation issues will dominate.

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Famous People Named Michel

  • Michel MulderDutch speed skater
  • Michel HenryFrench philosopher and novelist
  • Michel de Nostredame "Nostradamus"a French physician and seer who predicted many events that later occurred, such as World War II

Michel in Pop Culture

  • Michel GerardFrench man who works at Lorelai and Sookie's inns in TV's "Gilmore Girls"