First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Michael mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Michael

User Submitted Origins

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New Zealand

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Missouri, U.S. says the name Michael is of Hebrew origin and means "'One who is like God', God's number one arch-angel who defeats the dark one is Saint Michael. Protector of mankind".
  2. A user from Michigan, U.S. says the name Michael is of Hebrew origin and means "Was told that it is a rhetorical question, 'Who is like God?', made up of the names Micah-El".
  3. A user from Nebraska, U.S. says the name Michael is of Hebrew origin and means "Who is like unto God?".
  4. According to a user from Germany, the name Michael is of Hebrew origin and means "The question 'Who is like God?'".
  5. 20 submissions from all over the world agree the name Michael means "Who is like God" and is of Hebrew origin.
  6. A submission from Egypt says the name Michael means "Who's like God?" and is of Hebrew origin.
  7. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Michael means "He who sits at the right hand of God".
  8. According to 2 people from Philippines and the United States, the name Michael is of Hebrew origin and means "Protector of god".
  9. 2 submissions from the United States and the United Kingdom agree the name Michael means "Gift Of God".
  10. According to a user from Kenya, the name Michael means "A gift from God".
  11. 2 submissions from China and the United States agree the name Michael means "Closest to god" and is of Hebrew / English origin.
  12. According to 2 people from Texas, U.S., the name Michael is of Egyptian / Hebrew origin and means "Like God".
  13. 2 people from New Zealand agree the name Michael is of Maori / New Zealand origin and means "Firstborn son".
  14. 2 people from Ethiopia and the United States agree the name Michael is of Amharic / American origin and means "Saint".
  15. According to 2 people from California, U.S., the name Michael is of Latin origin and means "Smart".
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  1. (Old Testament) the guardian archangel of the Jews

From Latin Michaēl, Michahēl, from Biblical Hebrew מִיכָאֵל‎ (mîḵāʾēl, literally “who is like God?”).

  1. A male given name from Hebrew.
  2. (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) An archangel associated with defending the faithful in the tribulation.
    Synonyms: Provost of Heaven, Provost of Paradise, Saint Michael

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

Notable Persons Named Michael

Notable Persons Named 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.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Phelps

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

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.

  • Michael Douglas
  • Michael Bisping
    Martial Artist
  • Michael Crichton
  • Michael Schumacher
    Racing Driver
  • Sir Mick Jagger
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Michael Keaton
  • Michael Bloomberg
    1st & 4th CEOofBloomberg L.P.
  • Michael T. Flynn
  • Sir Michael Caine
  • Jr. Martin Luther King
  • Michael Moore
    Film Director
  • Michael Vick
    Football Player
  • Michael Bay
    Film Director

Notable Persons With the Last Name Michael

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.


Michael is a saint. He holds the title Archangel.

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.

Christine Michael

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

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.

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.


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

Common first names for Michael

  • Mary
  • William
  • John
  • James
  • Robert
  • George
  • Charles
  • Joseph
  • Helen
  • Richard
  • Paul
  • Dorothy
  • Margaret
  • Thomas
  • Ruth
  • Harry
  • Edward
  • Donald
  • Mildred

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

  • What name lists does Michael rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Michael? Michael is the 4th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Michael was the 14th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,395,357 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 1995 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Michael ranks 2nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 1,828 babies in Ohio have the same name in 1995.
  • Weird things about the name Michael: The name spelled backwards is Leahcim. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Mheacil. 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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