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Gender: Male Meaning of Michael: "who is like God?" Origin of Michael: Hebrew Michael's Popularity in 2018: #14

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".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Michael

Pop Culture References for the name Michael

Mitchell, Micael, Mike, Micko, Micky, Mikey, Mitchel, Mitch, Mikkeli, Mickie

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April Ludgate Says:


I like this name but it's so popular.

Miriam2468 Says:


I have brother named this, and I have met sooo many people named Michael I don't think I would ever use it, even if it wasn't my brother's name.

Alaina Says:


This is my brother's middle name. It suits his first name and his middle really well! His full name is Evan Michael!

Myanover Says:


It is a good name

LV51sfan91 Says:


Everything you'd want in a boy name! Sweet as a whole and the strong masculine nickname Mike for when he grows up!

Jillian_RAV Says:


The German pronunciation (MYK-I-EL) is lovely imo.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Growing up I knew so many Michaels that some of them had to go by their last name. I would probably use this name as a middle name for Ashton. Also I definitely think this name suits Michael Clifford very well.

shelbynh Says:


I don't think Michael will ever go out of style. Strong, handsome name.

LostKid Says:


It's so common we had to start calling the Michaels at my school by their last names.

hufflepuff Says:


Widely used or not, I will always feel this is the most beautiful name for a male. In the Bible, Michael is the commander of all of Heaven's armies of angels. It's so powerful and ethereal.

princessmadison Says:


I used to be in love with this name but for some reason im starting to hate it. This name is so overused! Everyone knows a Michael!

Momof2Davisgirls Says:


There are sooooo many Michael! But like the name.

katycats Says:


Michael is lovely name name and very handsome is one of my favorite boys name :) is very handsome.

michele_helen Says:


thank you for adding the ' ? ' mark to the end. it is important... now if someone would do this for the feminine form of michael, with one ' L, ' i would truly appreciate it !


Addie88 Says:


It's refreshing to meet young Michaels. I don't pretend to think this is the most interesting name, and I didn't used to like it, but it's growing on me.

Leah3456 Says:


I know so many men with this name.

madison786 Says:


This is is my ONLY guy best friends name. He's extremely nice and kind! The Michaels that I know are always so postive, helpful, crazy, funny, and generous, weird, and talkative! Having a guy friend named Michael is extremely fun and I hope to have a son named Michael!

jasminegarden Says:


Lovely :)

hemmoxlarry Says:



zzyzx Says:


sorry :(

zzyzx Says:


i think we have reached a conclusion :)

faithnamer Says:



orphanedhanyou Says:


Mikha'el is the Hebrew, it originally sounded more like Raphael. both are archangels and Hebrew. Not that I think we need to stop pronouncing Michael the 'normal' way but there is a history there.

Guest Says:



orphanedhanyou Says:


Mikha'el is the Hebrew, it originally sounded more like Raphael than you think, both are archangels and Hebrew. Not that I think we need to stop pronouncing Michael the 'normal' way

Guest Says:


Raphael is definitely Hebrew, I was giving the authentic Hebrew pronunciation of Michael.

zzyzx Says:


No it shouldn`t. They come from two different languages.(hebrew and spanish).

charlotteblu Says:


Well it's not.

Guest Says:


I'm petty sure Michael should really be Mee-kye-EL or mee-hye-EL like Raphael (same ending, different pronunciation?)