Michael Name Meaning

Lastest Updated June 7, 2024
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Fact: Michael has been used by various royals, including Michael I of Romania and Michael of Kent, a member of the British royal family.

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A Deep Dive

Michael Overview

Meaning

Who is like God?, gift from God

Gender

Boy, Gender-neutral

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Mikha’el,” meaning “Who is like God?”

Religion

Christianity, Judaism

Pronunciation

/ˈmaɪ.kəl/

Popularity

Across the globe, especially in English-speaking countries, Michael is a popular choice. In 2023, it has also made its mark as a top 20 name for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

7 letters

Numerology

33 (Nurturing, Spiritual, Expressive, Altruistic)

Name Styles

Classic, Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Tough, trustworthy, wise, charismatic

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Michael is a significant figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, known as an archangel and protector. In Christianity, he is often depicted as the leader of the heavenly armies.

Name Day

September 29th
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Michael Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Michel, Mikhail, Miguel, Mikkel, Mihai, Michal, Michelangelo, Micah, Misha, Mikael

Common Nicknames

Mike, Mickey, Mick, Mikey, Micky, Mico

Diminutives

Mich, Misha, Mik, Mic

Famous People

  • Michael Phelps
    (American Swimmer)
  • Michael Keaton
    (American Actor)
  • Michael Douglas
    (American Actor)
  • Michael Bublé
    (Canadian Singer)
  • Michael J. Fox
    (Canadian-American Actor)
  • Michael Fassbender
    (Irish-German Actor)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Michael Scott
    ("The Office," TV Series)
  • Michael Corleone
    ("The Godfather," Film Series)
  • Michael Myers
    ("Halloween," Film Series)
  • "Michael Jackson's Thriller"
    (Music Video)

Places

  • Michael City
    (Illinois, USA)
  • Michael Park
    (New York, USA)
  • Michael River
    (Alaska, USA)
  • Michael Lake
    (Ontario, Canada)
  • Michael Mountain
    (Montana, USA)
  • Michael Beach
    (Florida, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Michael?

Michael means “Who is like God?” in Hebrew. This name suggests a personality that is strong and protective, often seen as a leader who is both kind-hearted and courageous.

What Is the Origin of The Name Michael?

Michael has Hebrew origins. It comes from the Hebrew name “Mikha’el.” The name is prominent in the Bible, associated with the archangel Michael, a protector and leader of the heavenly hosts, and has been widely used in various cultures throughout history.

Michael Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Michael in the U.S. over the Years

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Annual Statistics Breakdown for Michael

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202316
No change from 2022
8383
(-493 from 2022)
0.45780
202216
(+1 from 2021)
8876
(-246 from 2021)
0.47390
202117
(-5 from 2020)
9122
(-697 from 2020)
0.48687
202012
(+2 from 2019)
9819
(-785 from 2019)
0.53085
201914
No change from 2018
10604
(-1136 from 2018)
0.55178
201814
(-2 from 2017)
11740
(-975 from 2017)
0.60399
201712
(-4 from 2016)
12715
(-1414 from 2016)
0.64246
20168
(+1 from 2015)
14129
(-356 from 2015)
0.69751
20159
(-2 from 2014)
14485
(-1008 from 2014)
0.70851
20147
No change from 2013
15493
(-43 from 2013)
0.75605
20137
No change from 2012
15536
(-671 from 2012)
0.76884
20127
(-1 from 2011)
16207
(-614 from 2011)
0.79870
20116
(-3 from 2010)
16821
(-555 from 2010)
0.82804
20103
No change from 2009
17376
(-1581 from 2009)
0.84579
20093
(-1 from 2008)
18957
(-1688 from 2008)
0.89381
20082
No change from 2007
20645
(-1375 from 2007)
0.94684
20072
No change from 2006
22020
(-629 from 2006)
0.99410
20062
No change from 2005
22649
(-1177 from 2005)
1.03309
20052
No change from 2004
23826
(-1643 from 2004)
1.11999
20042
No change from 2003
25469
(-1657 from 2003)
1.20514
20032
No change from 2002
27126
(-1131 from 2002)
1.29100
20022
No change from 2001
28257
(-1431 from 2001)
1.36728
20012
No change from 2000
29688
(-2354 from 2000)
1.43531
20002
No change from 1999
32042
(-1871 from 1999)
1.53434
19992
(-1 from 1998)
33913
(-2704 from 1998)
1.66321
19981
No change from 1997
36617
(-940 from 1997)
1.80589
19971
No change from 1996
37557
(-812 from 1996)
1.87993
19961
No change from 1995
38369
(-3039 from 1995)
1.91488
19951
No change from 1994
41408
(-3062 from 1994)
2.05870
19941
No change from 1993
44470
(-5092 from 1993)
2.18167
19931
No change from 1992
49562
(-4837 from 1992)
2.39949
19921
No change from 1991
54399
(-6404 from 1991)
2.59145
19911
No change from 1990
60803
(-4510 from 1990)
2.86849
19901
No change from 1989
65313
(-96 from 1989)
3.03495
19891
No change from 1988
65409
(+1246 from 1988)
3.12069
19881
No change from 1987
64163
(+500 from 1987)
3.20451
19871
No change from 1986
63663
(-564 from 1986)
3.26442
19861
No change from 1985
64227
(-703 from 1985)
3.34222
19851
No change from 1984
64930
(-2812 from 1984)
3.37402
19841
No change from 1983
67742
(-254 from 1983)
3.60963
19831
No change from 1982
67996
(-235 from 1982)
3.64866
19821
No change from 1981
68231
(-534 from 1981)
3.61550
19811
No change from 1980
68765
(+78 from 1980)
3.69231
19801
No change from 1979
68687
(+967 from 1979)
3.70328
19791
No change from 1978
67720
(+585 from 1978)
3.78045
19781
No change from 1977
67135
(-457 from 1977)
3.92922
19771
No change from 1976
67592
(+674 from 1976)
3.95423
19761
No change from 1975
66918
(-1504 from 1975)
4.09889
19751
No change from 1974
68422
(+881 from 1974)
4.21733
19741
No change from 1973
67541
(-269 from 1973)
4.14298
19731
No change from 1972
67810
(-3576 from 1972)
4.20230
19721
No change from 1971
71386
(-6197 from 1971)
4.26428
19711
No change from 1970
77583
(-7687 from 1970)
4.26780
19701
No change from 1969
85270
(+108 from 1969)
4.47664
19691
No change from 1968
85162
(+3189 from 1968)
4.65580
19681
No change from 1967
81973
(-438 from 1967)
4.61706
19671
No change from 1966
82411
(+2424 from 1966)
4.63131
19661
No change from 1965
79987
(-1014 from 1965)
4.40062
19651
No change from 1964
81001
(-1616 from 1964)
4.27536
19641
No change from 1963
82617
(-1155 from 1963)
4.07576
19631
No change from 1962
83772
(-1263 from 1962)
4.05748
19621
No change from 1961
85035
(-1915 from 1961)
4.04604
19611
(+1 from 1960)
86950
(+2797 from 1960)
4.03108
19602
(-1 from 1959)
84153
(-1096 from 1959)
3.88634
19591
No change from 1958
85249
(-5365 from 1958)
3.93492
19581
No change from 1957
90614
(-2163 from 1957)
4.20508
19571
No change from 1956
92777
(+2084 from 1956)
4.23852
19561
No change from 1955
90693
(+2338 from 1955)
4.22569
19551
No change from 1954
88355
(-208 from 1954)
4.22699
19541
(+2 from 1953)
88563
(+4362 from 1953)
4.28019
19533
(+1 from 1952)
84201
(+5163 from 1952)
4.20539
19524
No change from 1951
79038
(+6235 from 1951)
4.00540
19514
No change from 1950
72803
(+7666 from 1950)
3.80833
19504
(+1 from 1949)
65137
(+5091 from 1949)
3.58131
19495
(+1 from 1948)
60046
(+7480 from 1948)
3.33218
19486
(+1 from 1947)
52566
(+2064 from 1947)
2.94859
19477
No change from 1946
50502
(+9310 from 1946)
2.71870
19467
(+2 from 1945)
41192
(+11290 from 1945)
2.49589
19459
No change from 1944
29902
(+3185 from 1944)
2.18032
19449
(+1 from 1943)
26717
(+1972 from 1943)
1.92325
194310
(+3 from 1942)
24745
(+3016 from 1942)
1.70114
194213
(+3 from 1941)
21729
(+5795 from 1941)
1.54293
194116
(+2 from 1940)
15934
(+2706 from 1940)
1.26978
194018
No change from 1939
13228
(+2399 from 1939)
1.11519
193918
(+3 from 1938)
10829
(+1755 from 1938)
0.95552
193821
(+6 from 1937)
9074
(+1979 from 1937)
0.79842
193727
(+6 from 1936)
7095
(+1295 from 1936)
0.64875
193633
(+8 from 1935)
5800
(+893 from 1935)
0.54496
193541
(+6 from 1934)
4907
(+800 from 1934)
0.45877
193447
(+6 from 1933)
4107
(+558 from 1933)
0.38675
193353
(+1 from 1932)
3549
(-58 from 1932)
0.34788
193254
(+1 from 1931)
3607
(+118 from 1931)
0.33571
193155
(-1 from 1930)
3489
(-53 from 1930)
0.32614
193054
No change from 1929
3542
(+77 from 1929)
0.31359
192954
(-1 from 1928)
3465
(-132 from 1928)
0.31284
192853
(-1 from 1927)
3597
(-9 from 1927)
0.31520
192752
(+4 from 1926)
3606
(+121 from 1926)
0.31035
192656
(-1 from 1925)
3485
(-276 from 1925)
0.30425
192555
(-1 from 1924)
3761
(-113 from 1924)
0.32664
192454
(-4 from 1923)
3874
(-41 from 1923)
0.33139
192350
(-2 from 1922)
3915
(-75 from 1922)
0.34576
192248
(-1 from 1921)
3990
(-208 from 1921)
0.35460
192147
(+3 from 1920)
4198
(+195 from 1920)
0.36892
192050
(-4 from 1919)
4003
(+93 from 1919)
0.36365
191946
(-1 from 1918)
3910
(-386 from 1918)
0.38510
191845
(-1 from 1917)
4296
(+8 from 1917)
0.40967
191744
No change from 1916
4288
(+78 from 1916)
0.44699
191644
(-1 from 1915)
4210
(+130 from 1915)
0.45600
191543
(-3 from 1914)
4080
(+718 from 1914)
0.46315
191440
No change from 1913
3362
(+755 from 1913)
0.49201
191340
(+2 from 1912)
2607
(+503 from 1912)
0.48616
191242
(-4 from 1911)
2104
(+945 from 1911)
0.46605
191138
(+7 from 1910)
1159
(+315 from 1910)
0.48013
191045
(+2 from 1909)
844
(+209 from 1909)
0.40477
190947
(-3 from 1908)
635
(-53 from 1908)
0.35903
190844
(+4 from 1907)
688
(+102 from 1907)
0.41354
190748
(-2 from 1906)
586
(+55 from 1906)
0.36952
190646
(-1 from 1905)
531
(+18 from 1905)
0.36858
190545
(+5 from 1904)
513
(+51 from 1904)
0.35816
190450
(-3 from 1903)
462
(-4 from 1903)
0.33357
190347
(+1 from 1902)
466
(+6 from 1902)
0.36034
190248
(+4 from 1901)
460
(+76 from 1901)
0.34652
190152
(-1 from 1900)
384
(-111 from 1900)
0.33220
190051
No change from 1899
495
(+120 from 1899)
0.30532
189951
No change from 1898
375
(-59 from 1898)
0.32554
189851
(+6 from 1897)
434
(+66 from 1897)
0.32854
189757
(-4 from 1896)
368
(-31 from 1896)
0.30178
189653
(-1 from 1895)
399
(-14 from 1895)
0.30913
189552
(-2 from 1894)
413
(-10 from 1894)
0.32612
189450
(-1 from 1893)
423
(+16 from 1893)
0.33869
189349
(+10 from 1892)
407
(+27 from 1892)
0.33625
189259
(-5 from 1891)
380
(+47 from 1891)
0.28908
189154
(-6 from 1890)
333
(-61 from 1890)
0.30476
189048
(+3 from 1889)
394
(+17 from 1889)
0.32916
188951
(-5 from 1888)
377
(-89 from 1888)
0.31672
188846
(+2 from 1887)
466
(+122 from 1887)
0.35872
188748
(+5 from 1886)
344
(-4 from 1886)
0.31470
188653
(-7 from 1885)
348
(-22 from 1885)
0.29234
188546
(+5 from 1884)
370
(-3 from 1884)
0.31912
188451
(+4 from 1883)
373
(+66 from 1883)
0.30390
188355
(+2 from 1882)
307
(-14 from 1882)
0.27295
188257
(-3 from 1881)
321
(+23 from 1881)
0.26305
188154
(-8 from 1880)
298
(-56 from 1880)
0.27522
188046
First SSA data recorded
354
First SSA data recorded
0.29899

American States Popularity Rankings for Michael

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

New York (NY)

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California (CA)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Illinois (IL)

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Texas (TX)

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Ohio (OH)

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Michigan (MI)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Florida (FL)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Indiana (IN)

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Missouri (MO)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Georgia (GA)

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Virginia (VA)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Maryland (MD)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Washington (WA)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Alabama (AL)

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Iowa (IA)

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Colorado (CO)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Arizona (AZ)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Kansas (KS)

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Oregon (OR)

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Mississippi (MS)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Nebraska (NE)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Utah (UT)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Maine (ME)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Idaho (ID)

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Nevada (NV)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Montana (MT)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Delaware (DE)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Vermont (VT)

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Alaska (AK)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Michael in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Medieval England

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Denmark

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Popularity in Slovakia

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Czechia

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in Germany

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in Greenland

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Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in France

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Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Sweden

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Michael a Name for Boys or Girls?

Michael is a boy’s name. Its strong biblical roots and historical significance make it a widely appreciated name for boys.

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