The name Michael is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "who is like God?". Michael is ranked #14 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Siblings You Know".
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Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down out of the Top 10 baby boy names, but it's still widely used. 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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