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meaning:Feminine form of Will
origin: American


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Who is like God?

As number one or two on the charts since 1954, Michael is the naming equivalent of apple pie, baseball, or the Fourth of July. It’s spawned both male (Mick) and female (Michele: feminine French form of Michel) variations, as well as last names like McMichael and Carmichael. The infatuation doesn’t stop in the US -- it’s hugely popular in tons of other countries, in both the Michael version and variations like Mikhail (Russian) and Miguel (Mexico, Spain and Portugal). The name’s got a big history too. St. Michael is one of the seven Hebrew archangels and leads the heavenly armies -- making him the patron saint of soldiers. He’s also said to be the one closest to God. The name has been common in Europe since the Middle Ages and has been bestowed on roughly a billion emperors, tsars, kings, and princes. In other words, your little Mikey will be in good company.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 2

Famous michael

  • Michael Jordan - former basketball player
  • Michael Douglas - actor
  • Michael Jackson - singer
  • Michael Cera - actor
  • Michael Kors - fashion designer

Infamous michael

  • Michael "Mike" Tyson - boxer
  • Michael David Barrett - convicted stalker

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