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Gender: Female Meaning of Michelle: "who is like God" Origin of Michelle: French variation of Michael Michelle's Popularity in 2017: #214

The name Michelle is a girl's name of French origin meaning "who is like God". Michelle is ranked #214 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Angel Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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.

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Famous People Named Michelle

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Barack Obama
Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch, American singer
Michelle Suzanne Dockery, English actress
Michelle Wingshan Kwan, American Olympic figure skater
Michelle Lynn Monaghan, American actress
Michelle Marie Pfieffer, American actress
(Mayte) Michelle Rodriguez, American actress
Michelle Christine Tratchenberg, American actress
Michelle Ingrid Williams, American actress
(Tenitra) Michelle Williams, American R&B singer of Destiny's Child
(Verónica) Michelle Bachelet, 35th President of Chile
Michelle Phillips (born Holly Michelle Gilliam), American singer of The Mamas & the Papas
Michelle Annette Duggar, American reality TV personality
Michelle Hurst, American actress
Michelle Sung Wie, Korean-American golfer
Michel'le Toussaint, American R&B singer
Michelle Leigh McCool, American pro wrestler
Michelle Uberreste, designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
Michelle Elizabeth Benson Keegan, English actress
Michelle Renee Forbes, American actress
Michelle Claire Ryan, English actress
Michelle Kathleen Monkhouse, Canadian model
Michelle Hodkin, American author and actress
(Mary) Michelle Nunn, American philanthropist and politician
Michelle Yeoh (Choo-Kheng), Chinese-Malaysian actress
Michelle Phan, beauty Youtuber
Michelle Borth, American actress
Michelle Williams, Canadian swimmer
Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer
Lauren Michelle Jauregui, American singer of group Fifth Harmony
Michelle Pearl Heyman, Australian soccer player

Pop Culture References for the name Michelle

Michelle Elizabeth Tanner, character on TV's "Full House"
Michelle Annabeth Flaherty, character in the American Pie film series
Michelle Kaioh, character in anime 'Sailor Moon'
Michelle Chang, character in the Tekken video games
Michelle Dessler, character on TV's "24"
Michelle Dubois, character on British TV series "'Allo 'Allo!"
Michelle Fowler, character on British soap opera EastEnders
Michelle "Chelle" Richardson, character on British TV series "Skins"
Michelle Scully, character on Australian soap opera "Neighbours"
Michelle Harris, character in "Sims" series
Michelle Marlon, the "daughter" of Gallerian Marlon in the Evilious Chronicles
Michelle, character in video game Grand Theft Auto IV
Michelle, character in Marvel Universe
"Michelle," a song by the Beatles
"My Michelle," a song by Guns N Roses


BayleighWelch23 Says:


It's my middle name too, My first name is Bayleigh. My mom used Michelle after her only older sibling, her half-sister Michelle. I like my middle name, i think it flows well with my first name. I really like Paula, i think it has that antique (no offense intended) sound while also sounding really nice nowadays too. My sister is Carrie and her middle name is Paulette, so you're not alone. and she is only 11. I really like the sound of her name, and it has that antique feel to it.

mistypetal Says:


My name is Michelle, and to be honest, I don't like it. I always felt like there was something lacking, it's just so shallow and too soft sounding, it doesn't match my personality at all. Definitely won't be my first pick, I prefer less popular names.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I actually agree with you about Michaela/Mackayla now. I used to really dislike the Michaela spelling, though I'm not positive why.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Michelle is my middle name. If it was my first, I might have gone by Shelley. I'm always surprised that people don't use Ellie or Elle as short forms. They do for other names, such as Danielle. It would give the name more appeal to modern parents.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Michaela is a prettier spelling. That's lovely, but Michelle is nice, too.

paulapuddephatt Says:


So do I. It's my middle name. I wish it had been my first. Gemma is lovely too, btw. 😃 X

GemmaLee Says:


I love this name!

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's my middle name. I like it much more than my first name, Paula. I wouldn't have enjoyed having a very popular name, and this was popular in my generation, but like it, anyway. It is a nice middle name, to be honest. I just wish it was with a prettier first name.

PineWarrior Says:


Someone I completely hate has this name so therefore I think I'll never be able to use it without thoughts of the person I unfortunately know :c

RoddyThlayli Says:


I prefer Mackayla. Michelle always sounded like a sort of shallow, annoying person's name to me.

GeminiMomMich Says:


Although not my first choice for a girl if it were up to me none the less that was the name given to me when I was born. However over the years though my Grandpa would call me "Matilda", my brother & many of my friends just called me "Mich" and before her passing my mother in law called me "Chelle". So I guess I've grown to like the name Michelle as it can be used in a variety of acceptable ways.

Zelliew Says:


A really lovely name !

KassemJ Says:


This is my mother's name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Even though Michelle is a bit outdated to me, it's still very pretty when you look at it.

EvaThyssen Says:


I'm Chilean.

michele_helen Says:


...i believe she is the first lady. so far, we haven't had a female president.

michele_helen Says:


to my knowledge, the true meaning is best represented in the same phrase 'who is like God...' but the *very important* question mark has been left out here.

it should read ' who is like God, ? '

as it is the feminine form of archangel Michael.

there are statues made with this same phrase, or question- rather, where archangel michael is standing over satan with a sword to his throat, inscribed in them in latin. the question mark is obviously important- and one can see why. this is the true, original meaning ( from my understanding ) and takes on a very different one when the question mark is included.

i, personally, am not like God... nor do i want to have a name that appears to make the statement.

MichelleTherese Says:


Michelle has been around since the 1400's in France.

Caroline Says:


I like this name. Its the name of my cousin and I love Michelle Dockery!! Her skin is my dream skin: her skin is glowing, radiant and moon bright!! Its my dream skin!! :-D

EvaThyssen Says:


It's the name of our awful president. DISLIKE.