Michelle

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811k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Michelle

"Michelle" is a name of French origin, and it means "Who is like God?". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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From the the French feminine form of Michel (“Michael”), Hebrew מיכאל (mikhál, “who is like God”).

  1. A female given name, popular from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Michelle was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Michelle

Michelle Obama is a First Lady of the United States. Michelle was born on January 17th, 1964 in Calumet Park, Illinois.

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Michelle Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Michelle was given the name Michelle Ingrid Williams on September 9th, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana U.S.

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Michelle Pfeiffer is an actress and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1978. Michelle was given the name Michelle Marie Pfeiffer on April 29th, 1958 in Santa Ana, California, U.S.

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Michelle Rodriguez is an actress, screenwriter, and dj. She was most active from 1999 to present. Michelle was given the name Mayte Michelle Rodríguez on July 12th, 1978 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

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Michelle Monaghan is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2000. Michelle was given the name Michelle Lynn Monaghan on March 23rd, 1976 in Winthrop, Iowa, U.S.

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Michelle Yeoh is an actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1984.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Michelle

Candice Michelle is a wrestler. Candice was born on September 30th, 1978 in Milwaukee.

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K. Michelle is a contemporary r&b and soul music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. K. was given the name Kimberly Michelle Pate on March 4th, 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Donna Michelle is a playboy playmate. Donna was born on December 8th, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Infanta Catherine Michelle was royalty. She holds the title Duchess consort of Savoy and List of consorts of Savoy. Infanta was born as the child of Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of Valois on October 10th, 1567 in Madrid. She passed away on November 6th, 1597.

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Tiffany was born in 1984 in Sylmar, Los Angeles.

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Mirtha was born on January 17th, 1984.

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How popular is the baby name Michelle in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1915 5 5 0
1918 5 5 0
1919 7 7 0
1920 9 9 0
1922 10 10 0
1923 6 6 0
1924 11 11 0
1925 14 14 0
1926 11 11 0
1927 13 13 0
1928 10 10 0
1929 15 15 0
1930 13 13 0
1931 12 12 0
1932 10 10 0
1933 28 28 0
1934 24 24 0
1935 27 27 0
1936 29 29 0
1937 36 36 0
1938 55 55 0
1939 59 59 0
1940 92 92 0
1941 133 133 0
1942 233 233 0
1943 370 370 0
1944 406 406 0
1945 499 499 0
1946 760 755 5
1947 918 913 5
1948 1,048 1,043 5
1949 1,254 1,248 6
1950 1,633 1,633 0
1951 2,146 2,136 10
1952 2,887 2,880 7
1953 3,642 3,633 9
1954 4,440 4,429 11 #94 girl name
1955 4,543 4,531 12 #97 girl name
1956 5,344 5,329 15 #87 girl name
1957 5,997 5,980 17 #79 girl name
1958 7,477 7,457 20 #56 girl name
1959 8,793 8,776 17 #47 girl name
1960 9,924 9,895 29 #39 girl name
1961 12,777 12,736 41 #34 girl name
1962 13,388 13,354 34 #31 girl name
1963 14,426 14,381 45 #26 girl name
1964 16,230 16,187 43 #23 girl name
1965 16,267 16,214 53 #18 girl name
1966 27,244 27,151 93 #4 girl name
1967 30,934 30,824 110 #3 girl name
1968 33,355 33,225 130 #2 girl name
1969 34,456 34,318 138 #2 girl name
1970 34,175 34,050 125 #4 girl name
1971 33,308 33,158 150 #2 girl name
1972 29,420 29,285 135 #2 girl name
1973 27,046 26,930 116 #3 girl name
1974 25,936 25,827 109 #3 girl name
1975 22,776 22,664 112 #6 girl name
1976 19,638 19,555 83 #6 girl name
1977 19,621 19,539 82 #7 girl name
1978 18,946 18,861 85 #9 girl name
1979 19,342 19,267 75 #10 girl name
1980 19,222 19,122 100 #10 girl name
1981 17,869 17,773 96 #11 girl name
1982 17,846 17,766 80 #11 girl name
1983 16,913 16,831 82 #13 girl name
1984 15,575 15,496 79 #17 girl name
1985 14,035 13,967 68 #22 girl name
1986 13,381 13,300 81 #23 girl name
1987 13,101 13,029 72 #22 girl name
1988 13,394 13,333 61 #21 girl name
1989 13,467 13,374 93 #22 girl name
1990 13,476 13,420 56 #22 girl name
1991 12,269 12,215 54 #22 girl name
1992 11,552 11,509 43 #25 girl name
1993 10,235 10,186 49 #31 girl name
1994 8,672 8,637 35 #33 girl name
1995 7,426 7,391 35 #41 girl name
1996 6,627 6,596 31 #47 girl name
1997 5,714 5,694 20 #55 girl name
1998 5,576 5,559 17 #55 girl name
1999 5,319 5,303 16 #56 girl name
2000 5,568 5,544 24 #52 girl name
2001 5,048 5,029 19 #59 girl name
2002 4,966 4,949 17 #58 girl name
2003 4,883 4,868 15 #62 girl name
2004 4,731 4,715 16 #66 girl name
2005 4,319 4,308 11 #74 girl name
2006 4,097 4,086 11 #81 girl name
2007 3,600 3,592 8 #94 girl name
2008 3,347 3,336 11
2009 3,082 3,076 6
2010 2,513 2,504 9
2011 2,187 2,177 10
2012 1,927 1,927 0
2013 1,887 1,887 0
2014 1,747 1,747 0
2015 1,699 1,699 0
2016 1,559 1,559 0

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Popularity of Michelle as a first name

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Popularity of Michelle as a last name

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Common last names for Michelle

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Lewis
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Young
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Michelle U.S.
  White 55.19% 64.26%
  African American 25.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.05% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 14.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Michelle

People with the last name Michelle are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Michelle

  • How Popular is the name Michelle? Michelle is the 62nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Michelle was the 31,587th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Michelle have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 811,062 babies born with the first name Michelle in the United States. That's more than enough people named Michelle to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Michelle? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Michelle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Michelle is Friday, August 4th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Michelle born? The highest recorded use of the first name Michelle was in 1969 with a total of 34,318 babies. That's a lot of babies named Michelle!
  • Random Michelle Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Michelle ranks 3rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 122 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1972.
  • Weird things about the name Michelle: Your name in reverse order is Ellehcim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hcleieml. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Michelle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 732 people with the last name Michelle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Michelle? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Michelle as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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).
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