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Michael

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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 3,935 24 3,911 #46 boy name
1920 4,024 22 4,002 #50 boy name
1921 4,223 24 4,199 #47 boy name
1922 4,022 31 3,991 #48 boy name
1923 3,944 29 3,915 #50 boy name
1924 3,908 36 3,872 #54 boy name
1925 3,796 34 3,762 #55 boy name
1926 3,517 32 3,485 #56 boy name
1927 3,634 29 3,605 #52 boy name
1928 3,632 33 3,599 #53 boy name
1929 3,496 33 3,463 #54 boy name
1930 3,578 36 3,542 #54 boy name
1931 3,514 24 3,490 #55 boy name
1932 3,630 20 3,610 #54 boy name
1933 3,571 26 3,545 #53 boy name
1934 4,126 20 4,106 #47 boy name
1935 4,939 32 4,907 #41 boy name
1936 5,842 40 5,802 #33 boy name
1937 7,142 47 7,095 #27 boy name
1938 9,135 58 9,077 #21 boy name
1939 10,906 81 10,825 #18 boy name
1940 13,311 80 13,231 #18 boy name
1941 16,028 97 15,931 #16 boy name
1942 21,883 157 21,726 #13 boy name
1943 24,932 187 24,745 #10 boy name
1944 26,896 168 26,728 #9 boy name
1945 30,067 158 29,909 #9 boy name
1946 41,351 170 41,181 #7 boy name
1947 50,671 172 50,499 #7 boy name
1948 52,735 169 52,566 #6 boy name
1949 60,231 188 60,043 #5 boy name
1950 65,364 179 65,185 #4 boy name
1951 72,941 172 72,769 #4 boy name
1952 79,199 190 79,009 #4 boy name
1953 84,436 235 84,201 #3 boy name
1954 88,710 217 88,493 #1 boy name
1955 88,537 251 88,286 #1 boy name
1956 90,866 243 90,623 #1 boy name
1957 92,980 254 92,726 #1 boy name
1958 90,812 295 90,517 #1 boy name
1959 85,559 284 85,275 #1 boy name
1960 84,520 318 84,202 #2 boy name
1961 87,248 326 86,922 #1 boy name
1962 85,404 355 85,049 #1 boy name
1963 84,173 377 83,796 #1 boy name
1964 82,972 301 82,671 #1 boy name
1965 81,409 355 81,054 #1 boy name
1966 80,345 346 79,999 #1 boy name
1967 82,828 373 82,455 #1 boy name
1968 82,492 473 82,019 #1 boy name
1969 85,692 457 85,235 #1 boy name
1970 85,775 457 85,318 #1 boy name
1971 78,065 459 77,606 #1 boy name
1972 71,876 451 71,425 #1 boy name
1973 68,320 451 67,869 #1 boy name
1974 68,111 526 67,585 #1 boy name
1975 69,019 557 68,462 #1 boy name
1976 67,481 515 66,966 #1 boy name
1977 68,179 561 67,618 #1 boy name
1978 67,699 545 67,154 #1 boy name
1979 68,287 553 67,734 #1 boy name
1980 69,219 546 68,673 #1 boy name
1981 69,252 487 68,765 #1 boy name
1982 68,792 576 68,216 #1 boy name
1983 68,568 577 67,991 #1 boy name
1984 68,239 508 67,731 #1 boy name
1985 65,426 531 64,895 #1 boy name
1986 64,778 590 64,188 #1 boy name
1987 64,182 544 63,638 #1 boy name
1988 64,597 480 64,117 #1 boy name
1989 65,741 363 65,378 #1 boy name
1990 65,552 277 65,275 #1 boy name
1991 61,050 267 60,783 #1 boy name
1992 54,642 258 54,384 #1 boy name
1993 49,773 222 49,551 #1 boy name
1994 44,653 191 44,462 #1 boy name
1995 41,571 167 41,404 #1 boy name
1996 38,521 157 38,364 #1 boy name
1997 37,687 142 37,545 #1 boy name
1998 36,743 128 36,615 #1 boy name
1999 34,029 123 33,906 #2 boy name
2000 32,142 114 32,028 #2 boy name
2001 29,773 96 29,677 #2 boy name
2002 28,337 95 28,242 #2 boy name
2003 27,205 94 27,111 #2 boy name
2004 25,592 148 25,444 #2 boy name
2005 23,861 61 23,800 #2 boy name
2006 22,692 64 22,628 #2 boy name
2007 22,023 51 21,972 #2 boy name
2008 20,656 55 20,601 #2 boy name
2009 18,958 41 18,917 #3 boy name
2010 17,361 37 17,324 #3 boy name
2011 16,796 36 16,760 #6 boy name
2012 16,151 27 16,124 #7 boy name
2013 15,492 39 15,453 #7 boy name
2014 15,435 35 15,400 #7 boy name
2015 14,357 36 14,321 #9 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Michael

  • How many people with the first name Michael have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,345,569 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 92,726 babies. That's a lot of babies named Michael!
  • Random Michael Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Michael ranks 16th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 62 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1937.
  • 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 Machlie. 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.

Where is the name Michael popular?

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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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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.

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 With the Name Michael

    Michael Jackson

    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

    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

    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

    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 Phelps

    Michael Phelps is a leading somebody. Michael was born on June 30th, 1985 in Baltimore.

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    Michael Sheen

    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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    • Michael Douglas
      (actor)
    • Michael Bisping
      (martial artist)
    • Michael Crichton
      (writer)
    • Michael Schumacher
      (racing driver)
    • Sir Mick Jagger
      (singer)
    • Michael J. Fox
      (actor)
    • Michael Keaton
      (actor)
    • Michael Bloomberg
      (1st & 4th CEOofBloomberg L.P.)
    • Michael T. Flynn
      (noteworthy human)
    • Sir Michael Caine
      (actor)
    • Jr. Martin Luther King
      (clergyman)
    • Michael Moore
      (film director)
    • Michael Vick
      (football player)
    • Michael Bay
      (film director)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Michael

    George 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

    Michael is a saint. He holds the title Archangel.

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    Prince Michael

    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

    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

    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

    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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    What does the name Michael mean?

    Mis for mirth, your laughter.

    Iis for innovator, always improving

    Cis for compatible, a friend's friend.

    His for hope, the encouragement you give.

    Ais for angelic, a truly pure heart

    Eis for excite, your spirit is catching!

    Lis for love, everlasting.

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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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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