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Variations of Michael

Michael is one of the most popular baby names of the past century. To honor a dad or grandpa named Michael, or find a fresh way to spin the old favorite, consider these international baby names that are variations on the original.
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MicahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "who is like the Lord"
  • Description:

    Micah is a biblical name that growing numbers of parents are looking at as a more unusual alternative to Michael, projecting a shinier, more lively image.

MichaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God?"
  • Description:

    Michael was derived from the name Mikha’el, which comes from the rhetorical question mī kā’ēl, meaning "who is like God?" in Hebrew. 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.

MiguelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Michael
  • Description:

    Mike Tyson put a twist on his own name by naming a son Miguel. It's the first name of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist and poet who wrote Don Quixote.

MishaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Mikhail
  • Description:

    Brought into the American consciousness as the nickname of ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, it more recently took on a unisex air via TV and screen actress Mischa Barton. Could become the next Sasha.

MishaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Mikhail
  • Description:

    Brought into the American consciousness as the nickname of ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, it more recently took on a unisex air via TV and screen actress Mischa Barton. Could become the next Sasha.
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MikhailHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Michael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God"
  • Description:

    One of the most familiar Russian names in the West, thanks to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov and state head Mikhail Gorbachev.

MicaHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Michal
  • Description:

    Mica is not the same name -- though it sounds the same -- as Micah, but the h makes it feel more masculine.

MikelHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque and Scandinavian variation of Michael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God"
  • Description:

    A Basque and Scandinavian form of Michael, pronounced MEE-kel. In the US, it is sometimes chosen as a modern alternative spelling of Michael.

MikaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, Finnish, and Breton form of Michael
  • Description:

    Entered the US Top 1000 for the first and only time in 2016, though this variation of Michael is very popular in Iceland.

MikaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, Finnish, and Breton form of Michael
  • Description:

    Entered the US Top 1000 for the first and only time in 2016, though this variation of Michael is very popular in Iceland.
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MischaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Mikhail
  • Description:

    Though the Mischa spelling is migrating toward the feminine side thanks to actress Mischa Barton, this Russian boys' short form still works for children of both sexes, as Mischa or Misha.

MiskaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Mikael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God?"
  • Description:

    Along with Mika, a nickname for Mikael.

MikkoHeart

  • Description:

    Cute Finnish version of Michael.

MichelHeart

  • Origin:

    French form and German short form of Michael
  • Description:

    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.

MikkelHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish variation of Michael
  • Description:

    Unless you're Nordic, probably best to stick with Michael if you want to avoid a life of confusion and misspelling.
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MichaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Micah
  • Description:

    The many names connected more by letter and sound than by root -- Micha, Micah, Mica, Misha, Mischa, Michal, and of course Michael -- can get very confusion, and this variation is sure to cause pronunciation problems in the US. Hard or soft ch? Long or short i? Better stick with Micah, Misha...or Michael.
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MicheleHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Michael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God?"
  • Description:

    One of the few Italian forms less attractive than the original, this time because it will forever be mistaken with the feminine version.

MichalHeart

  • Origin:

    Czech, Slavic, and Polish variation of Michael
  • Description:

    Michal may be one of several Eastern European forms of Michael, though there is a biblical Michal who is female, the daughter of Saul and wife of David.

MakisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek variation of Michael
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