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Michael

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God?
  • #4 All Time
  • #7 in 2014
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How popular is the name "Michael" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 354 0 354 #46 boy name
1881 298 0 298 #54 boy name
1882 321 0 321 #57 boy name
1883 307 0 307 #55 boy name
1884 373 0 373 #51 boy name
1885 370 0 370 #47 boy name
1886 348 0 348 #53 boy name
1887 345 0 345 #48 boy name
1888 466 0 466 #46 boy name
1889 377 0 377 #51 boy name
1890 394 0 394 #48 boy name
1891 333 0 333 #55 boy name
1892 380 0 380 #59 boy name
1893 407 0 407 #49 boy name
1894 423 0 423 #51 boy name
1895 413 0 413 #52 boy name
1896 400 0 400 #53 boy name
1897 375 7 368 #57 boy name
1898 434 0 434 #52 boy name
1899 375 0 375 #51 boy name
1900 497 0 497 #51 boy name
1901 384 0 384 #52 boy name
1902 460 0 460 #48 boy name
1903 466 0 466 #47 boy name
1904 462 0 462 #50 boy name
1905 514 0 514 #45 boy name
1906 536 5 531 #46 boy name
1907 586 0 586 #48 boy name
1908 689 0 689 #44 boy name
1909 642 7 635 #47 boy name
1910 853 9 844 #45 boy name
1911 1,166 7 1,159 #38 boy name
1912 2,112 8 2,104 #42 boy name
1913 2,619 12 2,607 #40 boy name
1914 3,379 16 3,363 #40 boy name
1915 4,097 14 4,083 #43 boy name
1916 4,228 18 4,210 #44 boy name
1917 4,302 12 4,290 #44 boy name
1918 4,326 30 4,296 #45 boy name
1919 3,937 24 3,913 #46 boy name
1920 4,025 22 4,003 #50 boy name
1921 4,222 24 4,198 #47 boy name
1922 4,021 31 3,990 #48 boy name
1923 3,943 29 3,914 #50 boy name
1924 3,909 36 3,873 #54 boy name
1925 3,796 34 3,762 #55 boy name
1926 3,519 32 3,487 #56 boy name
1927 3,635 29 3,606 #52 boy name
1928 3,628 33 3,595 #53 boy name
1929 3,496 33 3,463 #54 boy name
1930 3,577 36 3,541 #54 boy name
1931 3,515 24 3,491 #55 boy name
1932 3,629 20 3,609 #54 boy name
1933 3,570 26 3,544 #53 boy name
1934 4,127 20 4,107 #47 boy name
1935 4,938 32 4,906 #41 boy name
1936 5,842 40 5,802 #33 boy name
1937 7,141 47 7,094 #27 boy name
1938 9,137 58 9,079 #21 boy name
1939 10,905 81 10,824 #18 boy name
1940 13,311 80 13,231 #18 boy name
1941 16,027 97 15,930 #16 boy name
1942 21,885 157 21,728 #13 boy name
1943 24,929 188 24,741 #10 boy name
1944 26,900 168 26,732 #9 boy name
1945 30,070 158 29,912 #9 boy name
1946 41,348 170 41,178 #7 boy name
1947 50,667 172 50,495 #7 boy name
1948 52,738 169 52,569 #6 boy name
1949 60,230 189 60,041 #5 boy name
1950 65,333 179 65,154 #4 boy name
1951 72,922 172 72,750 #4 boy name
1952 79,212 190 79,022 #4 boy name
1953 84,400 236 84,164 #3 boy name
1954 88,701 216 88,485 #1 boy name
1955 88,534 251 88,283 #1 boy name
1956 90,877 244 90,633 #1 boy name
1957 92,963 254 92,709 #1 boy name
1958 90,814 295 90,519 #1 boy name
1959 85,556 284 85,272 #1 boy name
1960 84,524 318 84,206 #2 boy name
1961 87,242 326 86,916 #1 boy name
1962 85,401 355 85,046 #1 boy name
1963 84,172 377 83,795 #1 boy name
1964 82,975 301 82,674 #1 boy name
1965 81,403 355 81,048 #1 boy name
1966 80,348 346 80,002 #1 boy name
1967 82,826 372 82,454 #1 boy name
1968 82,493 474 82,019 #1 boy name
1969 85,684 457 85,227 #1 boy name
1970 85,778 457 85,321 #1 boy name
1971 78,070 459 77,611 #1 boy name
1972 71,877 451 71,426 #1 boy name
1973 68,315 451 67,864 #1 boy name
1974 68,102 525 67,577 #1 boy name
1975 69,014 557 68,457 #1 boy name
1976 67,486 515 66,971 #1 boy name
1977 68,172 561 67,611 #1 boy name
1978 67,698 545 67,153 #1 boy name
1979 68,281 553 67,728 #1 boy name
1980 69,212 546 68,666 #1 boy name
1981 69,239 487 68,752 #1 boy name
1982 68,780 576 68,204 #1 boy name
1983 68,563 577 67,986 #1 boy name
1984 68,230 508 67,722 #1 boy name
1985 65,418 531 64,887 #1 boy name
1986 64,774 590 64,184 #1 boy name
1987 64,175 544 63,631 #1 boy name
1988 64,596 480 64,116 #1 boy name
1989 65,737 363 65,374 #1 boy name
1990 65,551 277 65,274 #1 boy name
1991 61,048 267 60,781 #1 boy name
1992 54,635 258 54,377 #1 boy name
1993 49,775 222 49,553 #1 boy name
1994 44,656 191 44,465 #1 boy name
1995 41,570 167 41,403 #1 boy name
1996 38,521 157 38,364 #1 boy name
1997 37,685 142 37,543 #1 boy name
1998 36,741 128 36,613 #1 boy name
1999 34,028 123 33,905 #2 boy name
2000 32,139 114 32,025 #2 boy name
2001 29,771 96 29,675 #2 boy name
2002 28,337 95 28,242 #2 boy name
2003 27,201 94 27,107 #2 boy name
2004 25,586 148 25,438 #2 boy name
2005 23,856 61 23,795 #2 boy name
2006 22,689 64 22,625 #2 boy name
2007 22,015 51 21,964 #2 boy name
2008 20,645 55 20,590 #2 boy name
2009 18,950 41 18,909 #3 boy name
2010 17,345 37 17,308 #3 boy name
2011 16,780 36 16,744 #6 boy name
2012 16,133 27 16,106 #7 boy name
2013 15,465 39 15,426 #7 boy name
2014 15,358 35 15,323 #7 boy name

Want to know about the populiarty of Michael? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,330,805 babies born with the name Michael in the United States. That's more than enough Michaels to occupy the country of Costa Rica with an estimated population of 4,301,712 (as of June 3, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 354 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Michael" was in 1957 with a total of 92,709 babies. (That's a lot of baby Michaels)

According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Michael" ranks #16 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 1,021 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1919. Across the entire United States a total of 3,937 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Michael popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Michael in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the south west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Michael" mean? The list below shows the origins of Michael as well as things modernly associated with the name Michael such as celebrities named Michael.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Michael

The name "Michael" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Who is like God?". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor specializing in pop, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, rock, disco, post-disco, new jack swing music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1964 to 2009. Michael was born in 1958 as Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, Indiana, U.S.

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Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is a f1 driver. Michael was born in 1969 in Hurth, West Germany.

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is a basketball biography. Michael was born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King is a clergyman and activist. Martin was born in 1929 as Michael King, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender is an actor and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1994 to present. Michael was born in 1977 in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, West Germany.

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Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas is an actor and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1966 to present. Michael was born in 1944 as Michael Kirk Douglas in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States.

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Alternative Meanings

M is for munificent, for you are extremely liberal in giving.

I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.

C is for captive, your web of charm.

H is for heart, warm and loving.

A is for amenable, for your easy going nature.

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

L is for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Your name in reverse order is "Leahcim". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Imchela". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Michael born Oct 24, 1964

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Mexico approximately on 725. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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