MICHAEL
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: מִיכָאֵל (Ancient Hebrew), Μιχαηλ (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: MIE-kəl (English), MI-khah-el (German), MEE-kah-el (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.

The popularity of the saint led to the name being used by nine Byzantine emperors, including Michael VIII Palaeologus who restored the empire in the 13th century. It has been common in Western Europe since the Middle Ages, and in England since the 12th century. It has been borne (in various spellings) by rulers of Russia (spelled Михаил), Romania (Mihai), Poland (Michał), and Portugal (Miguel). Other bearers of this name include the British chemist/physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), musician Michael Jackson (1958-2009), and basketball player Michael Jordan (1963-).

Related Names
VARIANTS: Micheal (English), Mikael (Swedish), Mikael, Mikkel (Norwegian), Mikael, Mikkel (Danish), Maikel, Michaël, Michiel (Dutch), Michal (Czech), Mikhael (Biblical Greek)
DIMINUTIVES: Mick, Mickey, Micky, Mike, Mikey (English), Michel, Michi (German), Mick (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Michaela, Mikki, Makayla, Mckayla, Michayla, Mikayla, Mikhaila (English), Michaela, Michi (German), Michaela, Mikaela (Swedish), Mikaela (Norwegian), Mikaela, Mikkeline (Danish), Michaela, Michala (Czech)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Mikha'il (Arabic), Mikel, Mitxel (Basque), Mikha'el (Biblical Hebrew), Mihail, Mikhail (Bulgarian), Miquel (Catalan), Myghal (Cornish), Mihael, Mihajlo, Mihovil, Miho, Mijo (Croatian), Miĥaelo, Mikelo, Miĉjo (Esperanto), Mihkel (Estonian), Mikael, Mika, Mikko, Miska (Finnish), Michel, Michaël, Mickaël (French), Mikheil, Misho (Georgian), Michail, Michalis, Mihail, Mihalis (Greek), Mikala (Hawaiian), Mikha'el (Hebrew), Mihály, Miksa, Misi, Miska (Hungarian), Mícheál (Irish), Michele (Italian), Mihails, Miķelis (Latvian), Mykolas (Lithuanian), Mihail (Macedonian), Mikaere (Maori), Michel (Medieval French), Michał (Polish), Miguel, Miguelito (Portuguese), Mihai, Mihail, Mihăiță (Romanian), Michail, Mikhail, Misha (Russian), Mihkkal (Sami), Mìcheal, Micheil (Scottish), Mihailo, Mihajlo, Mijo (Serbian), Michal (Slovak), Mihael, Miha (Slovene), Miguel, Miguelito (Spanish), Mikhailo, Mykhailo, Mykhaylo, Mykhail (Ukrainian), Meical (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  ranked #7 
England/Wales  ranked #53 
Canada (BC)  ranked #35 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #38 
Austria  ranked #24 
Czech Republic  ranked #49 
France  - 
Ireland  ranked #10 
Netherlands  ranked #235 
New Zealand  ranked #64 
Northern Ireland  ranked #21 
Norway  - 
Scotland  ranked #43