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.

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 1.67%
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 1.088%
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%
2019 14 10,514 0.7767%

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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

Micky

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mike

A diminutive form of Michael.

Irish

Mikey

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Miko

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Miky

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mischa

Who resembles God?

Russian

Misha

Russian

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

Micael

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mical

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michaelangelo

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michail

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Micheal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michelangelo

Italian

Michele

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Michiel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Miguel

Who is Like God?

Spanish

Mihail

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mihaly

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikael

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikell

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mikhail

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

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

Mychael

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mychal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mykal

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

Mykel

Who resembles God?

Hebrew

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

Micaiah

Who is like God?

Hebrew


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

David

Beloved

Hebrew

Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

Ryan

Little king

Irish

Thomas

Twin

Greek


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
Megan

Pearl

Welsh

Rebecca

To join

Hebrew

Katherine

Pure

Greek

Audrey

Noble strength

English

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Verity

Truth

Latin

Kaylee

Pure

English

Diesel

Diminutive form of Matthias or Dietrich

German

Charlie

Free man

English

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

Jessica

To see

English

Justin

Just and fair

English

Miley

Smiley

American

Harley

Hare meadow

English

Nicholas

Victory of the people

Greek

Hazel

Hazelnut tree

English

Kristian

Follower of Christ

Scandinavian

Trinity

The Holy Trinity

English

Lily

Lily flower

English

Brooke

Small stream

English

Frankie

Frenchman; free man

Latin

Jaylon

Calm

Greek

Morgan

Circling sea

Welsh

Jerome

Sacred name

Greek

Lorenzo

Laurel

Italian

30 Comments

  1. The name Michael was easy to choose because my husband is already a junior and we wanted to continue with the family name.

  2. My son was named after his late great uncle

  3. We chose michael to honor my pop’s and he has the middle name anthony to honor my late father. Michael wasnt my first choice. It’s to “common” for me but my husband insisted. I feel like it doesnt fit him just yet but I’m hoping it grows on me. I’m sure it will because it has alot of meaning behind it for me.

  4. I chose michael because it’s his grandfather and daddy’s name and I loved the idea to keep the legacy going.

    I love the nickname options that comes along with his name Mikey being one of them and the meaning of his name “who is like God” definitely my little piece of heaven.

    My baby boy was born with such a peace over him and it gives off a love no one can deny….michael is my husband and my joy ??

  5. A family name

  6. Michael got his name from his 2 grandpa’s and his father

  7. Didn’t have a name

  8. 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!

  9. Passing down his father’s name

  10. His name runs in the family

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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.

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

  16. He is my world

  17. 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.

  18. I chose my brothers middle name

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. Named after his dad ?

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

  26. He’s so wonderful

  27. 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).

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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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