Michael Name Gender

Is Michael a boys name or a girls name? Find out here.

Since 1910, 99.6% of babies named Michael were boys.

Based on data from The United States Social Security Administration.


Michael Name Meaning

A long-time dominator of the baby name charts, Michael is an enduring classic for a multitude of reasons. Meaning “who is like God,” Michael has a meaning that resonates with many along a timeless feel that transcends generations.

Michael is biblical to the core, his prominence is the holy book no doubt influencing his long-standing popularity among parents. More than just a mere mention in passing, Michael is a pillar figure in Christianity, an archangel who faces the ultimate evil in Satan and banishes him from heaven and Earth for eternity.

Michael is one of those sweet spot names that has always made the charts like Matthew, James, and John. He’s familiar and friendly, a safe name choice that’ll work well regardless of where life takes him. Michael can easily be a doctor or a poet. He can explore the wilds of the world or stick to a laboratory. He’s a name without expectation, a malleable moniker that can be worn by any little one.

Spelling variations include Micheal, Mikael, and Mikhael. Diminutives of the name include Mike, Mikey, and Mick. Female variations of Michael are Michaela, Michele, and Micha. If you’re looking for a similar sound to Michael that’s a little more out there, try on Micah.

Infographic of Michael name meaning, which is Derived from Mikhael, Michael is a Hebrew name meaning who is like God?
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Michael Name Popularity

How popular is the name Michael? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Michael was the 14th most popular boys name, representing 0.8458% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Michael has been the 4th most popular boys name, representing 2.9095% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 45 795 0.2258%
1911 40 1,114 0.2992%
1912 42 2,068 0.4101%
1913 42 2,566 0.4526%
1914 41 3,314 0.4755%
1915 43 4,045 0.4452%
1916 44 4,181 0.4328%
1917 44 4,257 0.4255%
1918 45 4,259 0.3968%
1919 46 3,891 0.3716%
1920 50 3,977 0.3577%
1921 47 4,170 0.3642%
1922 48 3,981 0.3573%
1923 50 3,891 0.3474%
1924 54 3,860 0.3324%
1925 55 3,744 0.3312%
1926 56 3,465 0.315%
1927 52 3,582 0.3236%
1928 53 3,575 0.3341%
1929 54 3,433 0.3314%
1930 54 3,517 0.3367%
1931 55 3,465 0.3511%
1932 54 3,595 0.3639%
1933 53 3,531 0.379%
1934 47 4,091 0.4232%
1935 41 4,898 0.504%
1936 33 5,788 0.6009%
1937 27 7,095 0.72%
1938 21 9,074 0.8864%
1939 18 10,824 1.0641%
1940 18 13,229 1.2446%
1941 16 15,931 1.4155%
1942 13 21,726 1.7205%
1943 10 24,743 1.8953%
1944 9 26,722 2.1561%
1945 9 29,899 2.4516%
1946 7 41,179 2.7907%
1947 7 50,500 3.0253%
1948 6 52,565 3.2928%
1949 5 60,039 3.7323%
1950 4 65,151 4.0464%
1951 4 72,799 4.2937%
1952 4 79,076 4.5301%
1953 3 84,177 4.7563%
1954 1 88,514 4.8421%
1955 1 88,335 4.8024%
1956 1 90,620 4.798%
1957 1 92,695 4.8171%
1958 1 90,520 4.7896%
1959 1 85,255 4.4872%
1960 2 84,183 4.443%
1961 1 86,922 4.6041%
1962 1 85,037 4.632%
1963 1 83,789 4.6678%
1964 1 82,653 4.6956%
1965 1 81,019 4.9544%
1966 1 79,992 5.1234%
1967 1 82,445 5.4327%
1968 1 82,006 5.4613%
1969 1 85,208 5.5309%
1970 1 85,303 5.3603%
1971 1 77,591 5.1635%
1972 1 71,405 5.2426%
1973 1 67,846 5.2333%
1974 1 67,583 5.1998%
1975 1 68,454 5.3271%
1976 1 66,964 5.1957%
1977 1 67,610 5.0158%
1978 1 67,158 4.9952%
1979 1 67,733 4.8037%
1980 1 68,693 4.6981%
1981 1 68,765 4.678%
1982 1 68,228 4.5657%
1983 1 67,995 4.6077%
1984 1 67,736 4.5534%
1985 1 64,906 4.2763%
1986 1 64,205 4.2535%
1987 1 63,647 4.1708%
1988 1 64,133 4.1154%
1989 1 65,382 4.0517%
1990 1 65,282 3.9387%
1991 1 60,785 3.7292%
1992 1 54,386 3.4073%
1993 1 49,550 3.1782%
1994 1 44,470 2.8977%
1995 1 41,402 2.7471%
1996 1 38,365 2.5623%
1997 1 37,548 2.5387%
1998 1 36,614 2.4463%
1999 2 33,912 2.2645%
2000 2 32,035 2.0971%
2001 2 29,681 1.9699%
2002 2 28,246 1.8849%
2003 2 27,118 1.7825%
2004 2 25,454 1.6701%
2005 2 23,812 1.5574%
2006 2 22,632 1.4454%
2007 2 21,987 1.3936%
2008 2 20,617 1.3339%
2009 3 18,935 1.2669%
2010 3 17,342 1.2034%
2011 6 16,789 1.1784%
2012 7 16,154 1.1336%
2013 7 15,491 1.0881%
2014 7 15,440 1.0597%
2015 9 14,413 0.9906%
2016 8 14,057 0.975%
2017 12 12,579 0.9013%
2018 14 11,620 0.8458%

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Names Like Michael

If you like Michael, you’ll love these other names like Michael.


What names are diminutives of Michael?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Michael sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Michael, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Micha

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mickey

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#1,840 (0.0017%)  
Micky

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mike

A diminutive form of Michael.

Irish

#1,024 (0.0092%)  
Mikey

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#2,475 (0.0005%)  
Miko

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#2,140 (0.001%)  
Miky

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mischa

Who resembles God?

Russian

Misha

Russian

#2,831 (0.0004%)  
Mitch

Who resembles God?

Hebrew


What names are variants of Michael?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Michael.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Makai

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#561 (0.0319%)  
Micael

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mical

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michaelangelo

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#2,735 (0.0004%)  
Michail

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#2,493 (0.0005%)  
Micheal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#960 (0.0108%)  
Michel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michelangelo

Italian

#1,916 (0.0015%)  
Michele

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michiel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Miguel

Who is Like God?

Spanish

#180 (0.1566%)  
Mihail

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mihaly

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikael

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#1,065 (0.0082%)  
Mikel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#1,090 (0.0077%)  
Mikell

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikhail

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#1,253 (0.0055%)  
Mikhalis

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikhos

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikkel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikol

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Miquel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mitchell

A variant spelling of Mitchel.

English

#628 (0.0255%)  
Mychael

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mychal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mykal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mykel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

#2,313 (0.0008%)  
Mykell

Who resembles God?

Hebrew


What names sound like Michael?

If you like how Michael sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Michael.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Micah

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

#103 (0.2703%)  
Micaiah

Who is like God?

Hebrew

#1,541 (0.0031%)  

What names are similar to Michael?

Find a name that’s like Michael, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

#43 (0.5257%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

#58 (0.4387%)  
Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

#20 (0.7223%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  
Ryan

Little king

Irish

#46 (0.5026%)  
Thomas

Twin

Greek

#49 (0.4934%)  

Lists With Michael

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Michael.


Siblings of Michael

Mamas with kids named Michael also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Katherine

Pure

Greek

#110 (0.1935%)  
Megan

Pearl

Welsh

#520 (0.038%)  
Rebecca

To join

Hebrew

#207 (0.1033%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
Audrey

Noble strength

English

#46 (0.3385%)  
Kaylee

Pure

English

#97 (0.2125%)  
Verity

Truth

Latin

#1,639 (0.004%)  
Diesel

Diminutive form of Matthias or Dietrich

German

#1,714 (0.0022%)  
Charlie

Free man

English

#215 (0.1242%)  
Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

#15 (0.8133%)  
Jessica

To see

English

#302 (0.075%)  
Justin

Just and fair

English

#141 (0.2017%)  
Miley

Smiley

American

#706 (0.0231%)  
Harley

Hare meadow

English

#218 (0.0999%)  
Nicholas

Victory of the people

Greek

#74 (0.3487%)  
Kristian

Follower of Christ

Scandinavian

#684 (0.0211%)  
Trinity

The Holy Trinity

English

#165 (0.1228%)  
Hazel

Hazelnut tree

English

#42 (0.3578%)  
Lily

Lily flower

English

#31 (0.4153%)  
Brooke

Small stream

English

#194 (0.11%)  
Frankie

Frenchman; free man

Latin

#1,014 (0.0095%)  

23 Comments

  1. Michael is the middle name of my husband, father, and husbands best friend who passed away from cancer so it honors some very special people! It feels like a bit of a grown up name for a baby at times but I love it!

  2. Passing down his father’s name

  3. His name runs in the family

  4. My son is named after his father. Michael is the 3rd of his name. I let my husband chose the name being him the only boy with three sisters. He is also the last child. It can get confusing sometimes but we make it work.

  5. I’ve always wanted to name my first baby boy michael. Ever since I was a little girl. I’ve known alot of Michael’s in my life and all of them were very sweet boys. So I thought well it has to be the name like whoever was given the name michael they’re gunna be good guys. So always told myself my baby boy will be michael no matter what and it has always stuck with me Haha I know silly reason

  6. We named Michael after his father!! We actually call Michael ‘Junior’!!! Michael Sr swore up & down that he could only produce girls….His 2 living daughters are 21 & 20!! So, Junior is a high blessing in disguise!!!

  7. My Son is named after his Father. He is the first and only Boy. We decided to make him a Junior. I love everything about his name.

  8. I love his name he is name after his father

  9. He is my world

  10. My husband and I chose Michael Angelo to name our son cause we are both believers of guardian angels. And we have the same guardian angel Archangel Michael.

  11. I chose my brothers middle name

  12. My husband and I chose to name our son after him (not that I had agreed) since he is our first born son. I like the name Michael, just not for our son. The dislike I have with his name was he is named after him (I guess you can call me jelly) lol I didn’t agree with his name in the beginning, but his father and I had came to an agreement before learning the sex of our baby if we had had a girl, I would be the one to name her, but if we had had a boy, he would name him. Well, the sex of our baby was in his favor so he named baby after him. Next time, hopefully, things will be in my favor and will get to name our baby girl.

  13. We named our son Michael Collins, after the Irish patriot. All of our children are named after historical figures; their first names are also all Biblical (mostly Old Testament) names, which is important to us. Michael is such a strong, manly name, and it fit well with his brothers’ names as well. St Michael the Archangel is a great patron saint, and it doesn’t hurt that he shares the name with his daddy!

  14. The name Michael was chosen for 2 reasons. One for the arch angel and the second after his grandfather.

  15. I Choose his name cuz of his dad my son is a Junior

  16. Michael is named after his grandfather who I think is a strong and nice guy. It’s a name that I was kinda iffy about at first but now I couldn’t image in him being named anything else.

  17. Named after his dad ?

  18. I love the name Michael. It’s my father’s name. It’s a strong classic name.

  19. He’s so wonderful

  20. My husband and father in law are both Michael and it was important to my husband that his son’s name was Michael as well. We went with Michael Connor ( Connor was my first choice name).

  21. My son is named after my brother (my best friend), his great uncle (my husband is very close with him) and also a mutual friend of ours that reconnected my husband and I and who is partially responsible for us being together. It seemed like the perfect name because it means so much and it reminds us of people who we love so much. Also, I love how straight forward and classic it is.

  22. It’s definitely a boy name, no guessing and it’s my husband’s middle name, so it has meaning for us.

  23. Michael is a family name. My husband and I each had an uncle with the name and I had a cousin with the name. The Archangel, Michael, is a strong figure and patron. It is a common name, so we gave our son a less common middle name, Harrison.


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