French variation of Michael
"who is like God"

Michelle Origin and Meaning

The name Michelle is a girl's name of French origin meaning "who is like God".

Michelle is the feminine form of Michel, the French variation of Michael. Michael was derived from the Hebrew name Mihka’el, meaning "who is like God." The alternate spelling Michele, with one "L," was the original version of the name. Michelle appeared as a later Anglicization in the 20th century.

Onetime superstar name (Number 4 in the seventies) that's now in steep decline, having dropped out of the Top 100. Former First Lady Michelle Obama keeps it in the spotlight. Today's feminine form of Michael is more likely to be some form of Michaela...or Makayla.

# 401 in the US

Michelle Rank in US Top 1000

# 665 on Nameberry

Michelle Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Michelle Popularity

Famous People Named Michelle

  • Michelle LaVaughn Robinson ObamaFirst Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Barack Obama
  • Michelle Jacquet DeSevren BranchAmerican singer
  • Michelle Suzanne DockeryEnglish actress
  • Michelle Wingshan KwanAmerican Olympic figure skater
  • Michelle Lynn MonaghanAmerican actress
  • Michelle Marie PfiefferAmerican actress
  • (Mayte) Michelle RodriguezAmerican actress
  • Michelle Christine TratchenbergAmerican actress
  • Michelle Ingrid WilliamsAmerican actress
  • (Tenitra) Michelle WilliamsAmerican R&B singer of Destiny's Child
  • (Verónica) Michelle Bachelet35th President of Chile
  • Michelle Phillips (born Holly Michelle Gilliam)American singer of The Mamas & the Papas
  • Michelle Annette DuggarAmerican reality TV personality
  • Michelle HurstAmerican actress
  • Michelle Sung WieKorean,American golfer
  • Michel'le ToussaintAmerican R&B singer
  • Michelle Leigh McCoolAmerican pro wrestler
  • Michelle Uberrestedesigner & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
  • Michelle Elizabeth Benson KeeganEnglish actress
  • Michelle Renee ForbesAmerican actress
  • Michelle Claire RyanEnglish actress
  • Michelle Kathleen MonkhouseCanadian model
  • Michelle HodkinAmerican author and actress
  • (Mary) Michelle NunnAmerican philanthropist and politician
  • Michelle Yeoh (ChooKheng), Chinese,Malaysian actress
  • Michelle Phanbeauty Youtuber
  • Michelle BorthAmerican actress
  • Michelle WilliamsCanadian swimmer
  • Michelle SmithIrish swimmer
  • Michelle Pearl HeymanAustralian soccer player

Michelle in Pop Culture

  • Michelle Elizabeth Tannercharacter on TV's "Full House"
  • Michelle Annabeth Flahertycharacter in the American Pie film series
  • Michelle Kaiohcharacter in anime 'Sailor Moon'
  • Michelle Changcharacter in the Tekken video games
  • Michelle Desslercharacter on TV's "24"
  • Michelle Duboischaracter on British TV series "'Allo 'Allo!"
  • Michelle Fowlercharacter on British soap opera EastEnders
  • Michelle "Chelle" Richardsoncharacter on British TV series "Skins"
  • Michelle Scullycharacter on Australian soap opera "Neighbours"
  • Michelle Harrischaracter in "Sims" series
  • Michelle Marlonthe "daughter" of Gallerian Marlon in the Evilious Chronicles
  • Michelle Malloncharacter in British sitcom "Derry Girls"
  • Michellecharacter in video game Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Michellecharacter in Marvel Universe
  • "Michelle" a song by the Beatles
  • "My Michelle" a song by Guns N Roses
  • "Michelle"song by Sir Chloe

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