Michael

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4.4m
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Michael mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Michael

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

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  1. (Old Testament) the guardian archangel of the Jews
Wiktionary

From Latin Michael, Michahel, from Biblical Hebrew מִיכָאֵל (mîḵāʾēl, “who is like God?”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) An archangel associated with defending Israel in the tribulation.

    Michael was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, German, Latin, Norwegian, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Michael

    Michael Jackson is a pop music, soul music, rhythm, blues, funk, rock music, disco, post-disco, dance-pop, and new jack swing musician. He holds the title Thriller", Smooth Criminal", Black, and White". His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to 2009.

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    Michael Jordan is a basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets, Birmingham Barons, and Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association. His career lasted from 1984 to 2003. Michael was born on February 17th, 1963 in Brooklyn.

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    Michael Fassbender is an actor and producer. He was most active from 2001 to present. Michael was born on April 2nd, 1977 in Heidelberg.

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    Michael Gove is a Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons, for Surrey Heath, Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, Government Chief Whipin theHouse of Commons, Secretary of State for Education, Shadow Secretary of S. He holds the title Gove's voice. Michael was born on August 26th, 1967 in Edinburgh.

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    Michael was born on June 30th, 1985 in Baltimore.

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    Michael Sheen is an actor and director. He has had major accomplishments since 1991. Michael was born on February 5th, 1969 in Newport, Wales.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Michael

    George Michael is a post-disco, dance-pop, blue-eyed soul, and pop music musician. His ongoing career started in 1981. George was given the name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25th, 1963 in East Finchley, London, England.

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    Michael is a saint. He holds the title Archangel.

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    Prince Michael is royalty. Prince was born as the child of Prince George, Duke of Kent, Princess Marina of Greece, and Denmark on July 4th, 1942 in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire.

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    Christine Michael is a football player for the Seattle Seahawks. Christine was born on November 9th, 1990 in Beaumont, Texas.

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    Blake Michael is an actor, singer, musician, model, film director, and dj. His career lasted from 2004 to 2004. Blake was born on July 31st, 1996 in Atlanta.

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    James Michael is an alternative rock, hard rock, and heavy metal music record producer, musician, songwriter, singing, audio engineer, and audio mixing (recorded music). He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Drum kit, Organ (music), and Vocals. James was given the name James Andrew Michael on September 26th, 1967.

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    How popular is the baby 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 #46 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 #54 boy name
    1892 380 0 380 #59 boy name
    1893 407 0 407 #49 boy name
    1894 423 0 423 #50 boy name
    1895 413 0 413 #52 boy name
    1896 399 0 399 #53 boy name
    1897 375 7 368 #57 boy name
    1898 434 0 434 #51 boy name
    1899 375 0 375 #51 boy name
    1900 495 0 495 #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 #42 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 3,378 16 3,362 #40 boy name
    1915 4,096 14 4,082 #43 boy name
    1916 4,227 18 4,209 #44 boy name
    1917 4,302 12 4,290 #44 boy name
    1918 4,326 30 4,296 #45 boy name
    1919 3,934 24 3,910 #46 boy name
    1920 4,025 22 4,003 #50 boy name
    1921 4,222 24 4,198 #47 boy name
    1922 4,023 31 3,992 #48 boy name
    1923 3,943 29 3,914 #50 boy name
    1924 3,909 36 3,873 #54 boy name
    1925 3,795 34 3,761 #55 boy name
    1926 3,519 32 3,487 #56 boy name
    1927 3,635 29 3,606 #52 boy name
    1928 3,632 33 3,599 #53 boy name
    1929 3,496 33 3,463 #54 boy name
    1930 3,580 36 3,544 #54 boy name
    1931 3,512 24 3,488 #55 boy name
    1932 3,631 20 3,611 #54 boy name
    1933 3,571 26 3,545 #53 boy name
    1934 4,125 20 4,105 #47 boy name
    1935 4,940 32 4,908 #41 boy name
    1936 5,840 40 5,800 #33 boy name
    1937 7,143 47 7,096 #27 boy name
    1938 9,136 58 9,078 #21 boy name
    1939 10,906 81 10,825 #18 boy name
    1940 13,312 80 13,232 #18 boy name
    1941 16,028 97 15,931 #16 boy name
    1942 21,883 157 21,726 #13 boy name
    1943 24,931 187 24,744 #10 boy name
    1944 26,895 168 26,727 #9 boy name
    1945 30,065 158 29,907 #9 boy name
    1946 41,352 170 41,182 #7 boy name
    1947 50,671 172 50,499 #7 boy name
    1948 52,732 170 52,562 #6 boy name
    1949 60,234 188 60,046 #5 boy name
    1950 65,345 179 65,166 #4 boy name
    1951 72,989 172 72,817 #4 boy name
    1952 79,207 190 79,017 #4 boy name
    1953 84,415 234 84,181 #3 boy name
    1954 88,741 216 88,525 #1 boy name
    1955 88,552 251 88,301 #1 boy name
    1956 90,862 242 90,620 #1 boy name
    1957 92,970 254 92,716 #1 boy name
    1958 90,807 295 90,512 #1 boy name
    1959 85,547 285 85,262 #1 boy name
    1960 84,526 318 84,208 #2 boy name
    1961 87,248 326 86,922 #1 boy name
    1962 85,397 355 85,042 #1 boy name
    1963 84,165 377 83,788 #1 boy name
    1964 82,964 301 82,663 #1 boy name
    1965 81,397 355 81,042 #1 boy name
    1966 80,335 346 79,989 #1 boy name
    1967 82,821 373 82,448 #1 boy name
    1968 82,490 473 82,017 #1 boy name
    1969 85,681 457 85,224 #1 boy name
    1970 85,772 457 85,315 #1 boy name
    1971 78,057 459 77,598 #1 boy name
    1972 71,866 452 71,414 #1 boy name
    1973 68,312 451 67,861 #1 boy name
    1974 68,111 526 67,585 #1 boy name
    1975 69,011 557 68,454 #1 boy name
    1976 67,481 515 66,966 #1 boy name
    1977 68,175 560 67,615 #1 boy name
    1978 67,704 545 67,159 #1 boy name
    1979 68,288 553 67,735 #1 boy name
    1980 69,226 546 68,680 #1 boy name
    1981 69,252 487 68,765 #1 boy name
    1982 68,804 576 68,228 #1 boy name
    1983 68,570 577 67,993 #1 boy name
    1984 68,240 508 67,732 #1 boy name
    1985 65,430 531 64,899 #1 boy name
    1986 64,792 590 64,202 #1 boy name
    1987 64,186 544 63,642 #1 boy name
    1988 64,603 480 64,123 #1 boy name
    1989 65,744 363 65,381 #1 boy name
    1990 65,554 278 65,276 #1 boy name
    1991 61,050 267 60,783 #1 boy name
    1992 54,645 258 54,387 #1 boy name
    1993 49,774 222 49,552 #1 boy name
    1994 44,658 191 44,467 #1 boy name
    1995 41,570 167 41,403 #1 boy name
    1996 38,521 157 38,364 #1 boy name
    1997 37,690 142 37,548 #1 boy name
    1998 36,742 128 36,614 #1 boy name
    1999 34,031 123 33,908 #2 boy name
    2000 32,147 114 32,033 #2 boy name
    2001 29,775 96 29,679 #2 boy name
    2002 28,340 95 28,245 #2 boy name
    2003 27,208 94 27,114 #2 boy name
    2004 25,596 148 25,448 #2 boy name
    2005 23,868 61 23,807 #2 boy name
    2006 22,694 64 22,630 #2 boy name
    2007 22,030 51 21,979 #2 boy name
    2008 20,664 55 20,609 #2 boy name
    2009 18,969 42 18,927 #3 boy name
    2010 17,373 37 17,336 #3 boy name
    2011 16,811 36 16,775 #6 boy name
    2012 16,170 27 16,143 #7 boy name
    2013 15,507 39 15,468 #7 boy name
    2014 15,461 35 15,426 #7 boy name
    2015 14,432 36 14,396 #9 boy name
    2016 14,032 34 13,998 #8 boy name

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    Popularity of Michael as a first name

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    Popularity of Michael as a last name

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    Common last names for Michael

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Brown
    • Miller
    • Williams
    • Murphy
    • Jones
    • Davis
    • Sullivan
    • Kelly
    • Martin
    • Thomas
    • Moore
    • Walsh
    • Obrien
    • Wilson
    • Anderson
    • Ryan
    • White
    • Taylor

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Michael U.S.
      White 83.59% 64.26%
      African American 8.88% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.95% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.85% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.06% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Michael

    People with the last name Michael are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Michael

    • How Popular is the name Michael? Michael is the 4th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Michael was the 8th most popular name. As a last name Michael was the 847th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Michael have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,359,820 babies born with the first name Michael in the United States. That's more than enough people named Michael to occupy the country of Costa Rica with an estimated population of 4,301,712 (as of June 3, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Michael? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 354 new born babies.
    • When was Michael first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Michael is Tuesday, January 11th, 1803.
    • What year had the most people named Michael born? The highest recorded use of the first name Michael was in 1957 with a total of 92,716 babies. That's a lot of babies named Michael!
    • Random Michael Factoid: According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Michael ranks 7th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 261 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1949.
    • Weird things about the name Michael: Your name in reverse order is Leahcim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elcmiha. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Michael? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 40,736 people with the last name Michael.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Michael? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Michael as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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