The name Michael is primarily a male name of Hebrew origin that means Who Is Like God?.
In the Bible, Michael was an archangel. The meaning of the name Michael is a question, meaning "who could possibly be as great as God?" Often it is misinterpreted to mean "he who is like God."
Michael is one of the most common names in the world and has been popular for boys in western Europe since the medieval period. The name and its variations are commonly used in many countries. A popular nickname is Mike.
In the United States Michael was the most popular boy name from 1954 to 1998, with the exception of 1960 when it was #2. Between 1938 and 1994 the name ranked for girls as well, peaking in 1975 at #373.
Michael is also a surname with many variations including Michaels, Carmichael, McMichael, Mikkelson, DiMichele, and more.
Famous bearers include: Michael Jordan, athlete. Michael Douglas, actor. Michael J. Fox, actor. Michael Jackson, singer/dancer. Michael Bublé, singer. Michael Keaton, actor. Michael Fassbender, actor.
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