• Gender: Male
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who Is Like God?

What is the meaning of the name Michael?

The name Michael is primarily a male name of Hebrew origin that means Who Is Like God?.

In the Bible, Michael was an archangel. The meaning of the name Michael is a question, meaning "who could possibly be as great as God?" Often it is misinterpreted to mean "he who is like God."

Michael is one of the most common names in the world and has been popular for boys in western Europe since the medieval period. The name and its variations are commonly used in many countries. A popular nickname is Mike.

In the United States Michael was the most popular boy name from 1954 to 1998, with the exception of 1960 when it was #2. Between 1938 and 1994 the name ranked for girls as well, peaking in 1975 at #373. 

Michael is also a surname with many variations including Michaels, Carmichael, McMichael, Mikkelson, DiMichele, and more.

Famous bearers include: Michael Jordan, athlete. Michael Douglas, actor. Michael J. Fox, actor. Michael Jackson, singer/dancer. Michael Bublé, singer. Michael Keaton, actor. Michael Fassbender, actor.

Different Spellings of the name Michael:


People who like the name Michael also like:

Matthew, Benjamin, William, Jacob, Alexander, Andrew, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Emma, Grace, Olivia, Abigail, Isabella

Names like Michael:

Macall, Macaulay, Macayle, Maccaulay, Magali, Magalie, Magaly, Magola, Maikulu, Majella, Maka'alae, Makaila, Makailee, Makala, Makalia, Makalo, Makayla, Makaylie, Makula, Mansel, Masiela, Maxwell, Maysel, Mazal, McCall, McKale, McKayla, McKile, Mekelle, Micaella

Stats for the Name Michael

checkmark Michael is currently #90 on the Baby Names Popularity Charts
checkmark Michael is currently #16 in U.S. births

Songs about Michael

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Crazy Man Michael - Fairport Convention
For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me - Jethro Tull
Message To Michael - Dionne Warwick
Michael - Franz Ferdinand
Michael - Terry Kitchen
Michael and the Slipper Tree - The Equals
Michael Caine - Madness
Michael from Mountains - Joni Mitchell
Michael's Matches - Capercaillie
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore - traditional, Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, The Weavers
The Ballad of Michael Valentine - The Killers