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Origin & Meaning

The French name Michelle is of Hebrew origin.

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


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 187  in baby name popularity for girls with 1737 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Michelle Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Michelle has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Michelle 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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Michelle is a French form of the name Michael.

Variants of the name Michelle include Miechelle.

Michelle has the diminutives (nicknames) Shell, Shella, Shelle.

Other Tidbits

Michelle falls into the song name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Michelle Pfeiffer, Michelle Wie, Michelle Branch, Michelle Kwan.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Michelle in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Michelle.

Just for fun, see the name Michelle 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 Michelle in Nautical Flags page.

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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.