Michael - Meaning Of Michael, What Does Michael Mean?

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Michael Meaning


What does Michael mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Michael is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Michael is "who is like G-d".  

Michael is generally used as a boy's name. It consists of 7 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Mi-chael.

In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 7 in baby name popularity for boys with 15323 occurrences.  It ranked 4209 in popular baby names for girls with 35 occurrences. 

View the Michael Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Michael has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Michael to other names.

The name Michael is an Anglicized form of the Hebrew name Mi-ke-el (מִיכָאֵל). It is derived from the Hebrew elements Mi, Me meaning "who", ke meaning "like or as" and el a shortened version of elohim meaning "G-d".

The name implies the question who is G-d?

Michael is the name of many characters in the bible, including an archangel. From the Middle Ages to modern times and in various language forms, it has also been a name borne by many of the rulers of Europe.

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The names Akayla, Chael, Chaela, Chaeli, Chelle, Machaela, Machaila, Machealle, Machele, Machell, Machella, Machelle, Magi, Makaela, Makaela-Marie, Makai, Makail, Makaila, Makailah, Makala, Makalah, Makayla, Makaylah, Makaylan, Makeyla, Mckale, Mckayla, Mechel, Mechell, Mechelle, Meical, Meichelle, Mekaela, Mekal, Mekala, Mekayla, Mekeilah, Mekela, Mekelle, Mekhi, Meschell, Meshell, Meshelle, Micaela, Micah, Micahe, Micayla, Micca, Micha, Michaela, Michaele, Michaelia, Michaelina, Michaell, Michaella, Michaelle, Michah, Michaila, Michal, Michala, Michale, Michalene, Michalia, Michalin, Michalina, Michayla, Michayle, Micheal, Micheale, Micheil, Michel, Michela, Michelangela, Michelangelo, Michele, Michelina, Micheline, Michell, Michelle, Michiel, Michijo, Michjo, Michon, Michya, Micjo, Mick, Mickael, Mickaela, Mickala, Mickalla, Mickayla, Mickeal, Mickeel, Mickell, Mickelle, Micol, Micole, Micquel, are all forms of Michael.

Michael has the diminutives (nicknames) Micjo, Mick, Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Micky, Mickye, Mike.

Michael falls into the name categories classic, easy nickname.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Michael Johnson, Michael Douglas, Michael Jordan, Michael Chang, Michael Kidd, Michael Jackson.

Would you like to fingerspell the name Michael in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

Just for fun, see the name Michael in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Michael in Nautical Flags page.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Michael Numerology page.

Michael Numerology
Michael in Hieroglyhics
Michael in Nautical Flags
Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.

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