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This name is pronounced mee-khah-el in Hebrew.
-- Miss Claire  12/5/2004
A notable bearer of this name is basketball star Michael Jordan (b. 1963).
-- AndrewJKD  3/25/2005
According to www.babycenter.com/babyname/popnames.html Aidan is the second popular name of 2003 & 2004, not Michael.
[babycenter's list is based on a sample from their own visitors, not on national stats -ed]
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2005
Famous bearer: actor Michael J Fox (Back to the Future trilogy, Spin City), now an active campaigner to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease.
-- reservoirdoll1987  6/1/2005
In Germany Michael is pronounced mish-i-eel.
-- Anonymous User  6/5/2005
In Russia the name is spelled "Mikhail" and is pronounced "MYK-Ehl." A famous bearer of this name was Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin, an anarchist ally and opponent of Karl Marx 1814\1876.
-- Tbird  6/27/2005
Actually, in Russian this name is pronounced Mee-ha-EEL. The stress is on the last syllable, with the "ee" as in "eat" and the "a" long as in "art". There is no "k" sound in the name, so I don't understand why it's transcribed into English as Mikhail.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2005
The 'k' is added because the Russian 'kh' is not quite like the 'h' in English, it's more a harsher, more gutteral sound. It does LOOK like the 'k' and 'h' of the name are part of two separate syllables which explains why people would pronounce it like they are, but they go together as one consonant cluster.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
This is Mike Shinoda's (Linkin Park's emcee) full name.
-- katchich  7/10/2005
Singer Michael W. Smith bears this name. :)
-- Tbird  8/5/2005
A famous bearer of this name is the German World Champion F1 racing driver Michael Schumacher, who is the most successful motor racing driver of all time.
-- Anonymous User  8/8/2005
Michael Learned (a woman) played Olivia Walton on the show The Waltons from 1972-1979.
-- Anonymous User  8/27/2005
Mechanical mastermind/pianist/musician/lead singer of Nine Inch Nails' real name is 'Michael Trent Reznor'.
-- PlatinumSpade  10/21/2005
David is a good middle name for Michael. That's my dad's name - Michael David. My mom said if they had a son they would have named him David Michael (but they just have two daughters).
-- Anonymous User  11/1/2005
Interesting tidbit: Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth certificate listed his name as being Michael. Apparently there was some confusion as to what his father's name was at the time, since he had been known as "Mike" growing up. His name was changed shortly thereafter to Martin.
-- ars musica  12/3/2005
Michael is the real name of Mikey Way, bassist for My Chemical Romance!
-- VeryGorgeous  12/18/2005
Michael Spears bears the name.
-- Anonymous User  1/24/2006
To me this name has a lot of strength behind it. I have found it to have great meaning for me since my oldest son is named this. I personally feel that it has status!
-- Agape_45  2/7/2006
Michael Buble is an amazing singer who bears this name.
-- beautyofwords9  3/3/2006
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelo's eldest son is named Michael Joesph.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2006
Olympic medalist Michael Phelps bears the name.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2006
Michael Rosenbaum, the actor who plays Lex Luthor on Smallville and the Flash on Justice League.
-- HarpieSiren  3/6/2006
Can also be spelled Mychael which is different and cute.
-- dani_08  3/6/2006
This is also the name of the little boy in Disney's Peter Pan. Michael Darling...so cute. :)
-- Milene  3/10/2006
Famous bearers are Michael Jackson, an American singer and Michael Moore, an American film director.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2006
Famous bearer is Michael Douglas, an Academy Award-winning American actor.
-- Anonymous User  3/25/2006
In my eyes Michael is a strong sounding name. I, however, do not like Mike or Mikey as nicknames for Michael.
-- Missy  4/7/2006
Michael Corleone, the main character of the film: "THE GODFATHER" bears this name.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Michael Balzary aka Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
-- AshJ  4/19/2006
One famous bearer is Michael Tolcher, the man who sings "Mission Responsible".
-- claraelizabethann  4/19/2006
It sounds more than overused to me. When I first hear it I either think of basketball, or The Godfather but then I don't seem to like the nickname 'Mikey' or Peter Pan (Disney, funnily enough I don't know why because it is also in the other versions of Peter Pan...duh) or unfortunately, other bearers of this name I won't need to say because well...yeah. I prefer the pronunciation of MEE-KAI-EL, sounds more original. But I am not saying Michael is all that bad, it's ok er, just gotten to common.
-- Anonymous User  4/29/2006
Michael Crawford was one of the first men to play the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.
-- Melusine  5/2/2006
Michael was the name of the elder brother in Steven Spielberg's film 'ET'.
-- Anonymous User  5/3/2006
There was also a Michael in Disney's Mary Poppins.
-- Anonymous User  5/3/2006
Some famous Michaels: Michael Douglas, Michael Caine, Michael Moore, Michael "Mike" Meyers, Michael Savage, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Keaton, and Michael Gambon.

All are actors except Michael Moore, who is a movie director, and Michael Savage, who is an author and talk radio host.
-- breakofday  5/15/2006
I love this name. Besides the fact that the name is just pretty in itself, there are Michaels I like: Michael W. Smith from The Tribe and Michael from the Princess Diaries. My favourite boy's name. ;)
-- chizzalazty  5/18/2006
Michael is a rather mysterious name. Common but nice.
-- Anonymous User  5/22/2006
Michael W. Smith is an amazing Christian artist.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2006
Another famous Michael is England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
-- arienette  6/20/2006
It's just a little too common for me. It's a nice name, and I like the nickname Mike, but I wouldn't give this name to my son. There are just so many little boys named Michael, and they often aren't given the option--their names are automatically shortened.
-- Anonymous User  6/20/2006
Famous bearer: Michael 'Mikey' Walsh, the character played by Sean Astin in Richard Donner's 1985 film 'The Goonies'. In the film, Mikey leads the gang in their plan to find the treasure of the pirate One-Eyed Willie in order to prevent the Goon Docks from becoming a golf course.
-- reservoirdoll1987  6/27/2006
I like this this name quite a bit, it is not overly masculine and fierce(yuck), and with a nice sound.
-- nelirosala  6/27/2006
I don't like the name 'Michael', it is way overused, seriously. I hate the name, I have relatives with the name.
-- Grey_mw  6/29/2006
Famous bearer: Michael James Owen (born December 14 1979), England and Newcastle football player, formerly of Liverpool and Real Madrid.
-- reservoirdoll1987  7/11/2006
This name was the number one for like forty years. I stopped liking this name about a million Michaels ago.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2006
Famous bearers: Michael Shaks (Canadian actor), Michael Beran (Czech actor)
-- Maggie_Simpson  7/24/2006
I know way too many guys named Michael that I wouldn't use this name.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2006
The 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson.
-- Anonymous User  7/31/2006
I like this name, but it's a tad too popular for me!
-- xKatiex  8/30/2006
Michael Palin, of Monty Python, is a famous bearer. Gone around the world, in many different ways.
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2006
The Irish form of Micheal is Michael (Me-hal) I think it is nice because my cousin is called Michael.
-- ClaireCFC  9/22/2006
I like the name Michael, but it's way too popular for me!
-- xKatiex  9/22/2006
Nice, simple name. A good one, I think.
-- Surreal  9/24/2006
In France it's spelt Michel (mee shell). A famous monument in St. Malo is called Mont St. Michel. Lots of steps. :)
-- Luangi  10/2/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Michael here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
-- _satu_  10/24/2006
When I was younger my parents had a female friend whose name was Michael. I always kind of liked it on a woman - unusual without being unfamiliar. And there's an actress named Michael Michele - I think she was on ER?
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2006
Michael Card, Michael English, Michael W Smith are Christian music artists.
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2006
There are authors named Michael Connelly, Michael Kimball, and Michael Prescott.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
In Meg Cabot's series of books 'The Princess Diaries', Michael is the main girl Mia's long-time crush and eventual boyfriend.
-- Surreal  12/15/2006
"Michael" is a song by British band 'Franz Ferdinand', great song by the way.
-- FyreHydenGirth  12/24/2006
Michael Myers is the psychotic killer in the movie Halloween.
-- tigerlilly  1/6/2007
It is a beautiful name - the name of an angel. (Seriously, Archangel Michael killed one of Satan's dragons)
-- Hero  1/12/2007
Michael Ballack is captain of the German football (soccer) team.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2007
I really like that name and when I hear it I think of somebody quiet and polite, maybe because all of the Michaels that I know ARE quiet and very polite.
-- gym4god  2/4/2007
Strangely it seems, all the Michaels I know (5 at last count) are crazy/paranoid. I don't know. Maybe it's just me!
-- Luangi  4/8/2007
I actually love most Hebrew names like this one.
-- Furienna  4/15/2007
I disagree that the name Michael is overused. My son's name is Michael and he is 9 we have only met a few other Michaels. In the 70's I do agree that Michael was overused. My husband is Mike and I went to school with a dozen Mikes. But it is a classic name and every Mike I met I did like. Better to use a classic name than a trendy name that is overused!
-- Anonymous User  4/24/2007
This name is so popular and overused that I would hesitate to use it. There are four people in my grade with this name. It is also my brother's name, but he goes by "Mikey." It's time to lay off this name for a while.
-- CharlieRob  5/6/2007
Michael Scofield is the name of the lead character of the television show Prison Break.
-- Anonymous User  5/12/2007
Michael is the middle name of Tom Fletcher, one of the lead singers/guitarist in the British band McFly.
-- jmacsgurl1991  5/16/2007
There is a movie called Michael where John Travolta plays an angel called Michael. Best movie ever.
-- Anonymous User  5/25/2007
Michael is common, but that only tells that so many people love this name! Michael reminds me of a handsome, intelligent man.
-- Yippal  6/6/2007
I don't know why but there is some reason I REALLY dislike this name. It does nothing for me, I find it rather ugly. But I am clearly in the minority because it's extremely popular! I've known some Michaels/Mikes who seemed like nice guys, though, so at least it has association on its side.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
Actor/Writer/Former host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Michael J. Nelson shares this name.
-- Junee  6/10/2007
I personally think the name Michael is overused, but again I have a tendency to prefer names that are not so overused.

I am surprised that nobody has mentioned Michael from the TV show Roswell. He is one of the main characters in that show.
-- violetagate  6/19/2007
Michael is the season 1 winner of Hells Kitchen. He owns his own resturant in Los Angeles, California.
-- 80226_hottie  8/9/2007
I like the spelling "Meichal" a lot. Meichal Twist. Very cute name!
-- Chloever33  8/17/2007
A famous bearer would be Michael Kelso, the dumb but loveable goofus from That 70's Show.
-- gracielou16  8/24/2007
A famous bearer is Michael Varten (on Alias he played Vaughn). I love the name Michael though.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2007
Good solid male name. It's amazing how much more sensible the top boys' names are than the girls' names. I guess people still want to give their boys good, responsible names with which to enter the world, while they want their daughters to have names more appropriate to strippers and cartoon characters.
-- johann14  9/25/2007
My name is Michael and I hate it because it is about as unique as a handful of dirt. Seriously! Never name your kids "popular" names. In my first hour last year, there were seriously 5 OTHER MICHAELS! Ugh!

My only escape from this is to go by Mike (which all the other Michaels do), but spell it Myke instead of Mike. It's a hard name to live with when there are so many others, and it was my only choice.
-- mhavril39  10/3/2007
A famous bearer is actor Michael Demskiy, he was born on 25 September 1944, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
-- Maggie_Simpson  10/4/2007
Another famous bearer is the English author, Michael Morpurgo. He is my favourite author.
-- RayleighOriana  10/21/2007
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Michael Landon yet. Born Eugene Orowitz, he changed his name when going into acting (to get a name that suited his career better), and was well known on such TV shoes as 'Bonanza' as Little Joe Cartwright, 'Highway to Heaven' as Jonathan Smith, and, most notably, Charles 'Pa' Ingalls, on Little House on the Prairie, for a decade. Little House was his "baby" as often said, as he also produced the show. He was very close with his "Television Family". He was married 3 times, adopted 3 children, and had 6 biological children.

Michael was born on October 31, 1936 and died in July 1991 from inoperable pancreatic cancer.
-- Sarah Elizabeth  10/31/2007
Michael Madsen is an American actor; he played Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs'.
-- Miss Natla  11/1/2007
Michael Voss, former Lions captain and 'Ten' commentator is a famous bearer of this name. He was one of the most successful players in Brisbane Lion history and made the All Australian team several times.
-- Miracle1980Olympics  11/3/2007
Michael "Mike" Symon recently won the Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef." He now is one of the four Iron Chefs of America.

Symon also owns two acclaimed restaurants (Lola and Lolita) and has won quite a few cooking related awards.
-- Firestorm  11/21/2007
Michael Cera is an actor who was in "Arrested Development", "Superbad" and "Juno".
-- pandasayscynical  12/23/2007
The idea of the name 'Michael' suppossedly meaning "a question" is incorrect, that is the Catholic interpretation because the actual meaning somehow offends them.
However, it is ORIGINALLY a Hebrew name meaning: "GodLike" (Who is LIKE God.) It is a statement, NOT a 'question'. Hebrew names were originally titles with meanings, not merely personages.
-- Tenshihan  12/31/2007
I love Michael Jackson, so I love this name too. But I like many other Hebrew names too.
-- Furienna  1/23/2008
This is my husband's name, and I think it suits him very well. I don't really really like this name. I like it to some extent, but it's not in my top 20. Or my top 40 even. It's just too popular for me. So I don't think we'll ever use this name for any of our sons.
-- Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
Please! Have mercy! We don't need any more Michaels or Mikes in the world. WAAAY OVERUSED! Ugh.
-- Anonymous User  3/10/2008
A famous bearer is American author Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952). He is best known for his 1998 novel "The Hours", which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was turned into an Academy Award-winning 2002 film. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film "Evening" (2007).
-- AndrewJKD  3/15/2008
This name is borne by American-Canadian actor Michael Moriarty (born April 5, 1941). He has won 3 Emmy Awards for his television roles, which notably include Ben Stone, the original Executive Assistant District Attorney on the long-running TV series "Law & Order", from 1990 to 1994, receiving Emmy nominations (but no wins) for each year. He has appeared on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for "Find Your Way Home" in 1974, and is also an accomplished jazz musician.
-- AndrewJKD  4/3/2008
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was born Michael Phillip Jagger.
-- ars musica  4/12/2008
And another famous bearer: Michael Emerson. Actor plays Benjamin Linus in 'Lost'.
-- Faithy  4/23/2008
Has anyone mentioned Michael Alig? Definately not a role model, but a very interesting person.
-- susiejean  6/11/2008
Mike Herrera from the band MxPx, his full name is Michael Arthur Herrera. :)
-- LauraJune  6/25/2008
I LOVE this name! I've known about a zillion Michaels, true, but it fit every one of them! It is such an awesome, versatile name.
-- welovejamesarness  6/28/2008
Singer Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe have a son Michael Joseph, born 13 February 1997 in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson has second son Prince Michael, yet. He was born in February, 2002, USA.
-- Emilie007  7/2/2008
This name is extremely overused. There are 9 Michaels in my grade alone at my school.
-- Junidoe-Josephine  7/9/2008
Number 2 for boys in 2005.
-- Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
I like this name so long as it isn't shortened to anything. No Mikes or Micks, just Michael. It's so popular though, everyone knows a Michael.
-- alyce  7/14/2008
I really don't like it, and especially don't like the nickname Mike. But I'm absolutely in love with the Hebrew pronunciation. Not that that's how it would be pronounced it you sent them to school. Unless you spelled it out to sound that way.
-- Fluffy_Thewerewolf.  7/23/2008
I like this name, but give it a rest. I have plenty of relatives and friends of all ages with this name. It just seems stale after being used so many times.
-- bananarama  7/28/2008
I absolutely LOVE this name, it's so masculine. One of my very favorite names. :)
-- wildm330  8/27/2008
Michael is a common name and I know a ton of them. I use to hate the name, but then it has grown on me. The only thing is each of them needs a nickname besides Mike so I don't get all of them confused when talking in a convo haha.
-- Fire1815  9/7/2008
Name's okay, quite common. Hahah, you won't find me complaining about it.
-- Doragon  9/7/2008
I believe the name Michael means "the fear of God", in addition to those other things they say, such as "who is like God?" or "one who is like God".
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2008
It is a question, coming from the elements "me" meaning "who", "k-hi" meaning "like" and "el" meaning God. So it's literally "Who like God?", the "is" and "my" being implied. It's a rhetorical question, so the true meaning is very subtle. Who is as powerful, who is as awesome, who is as wonderful as my God? No one.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  10/19/2008
A not so well known bearer is the Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender. He played Burton Christenson in the HBO-program "Band of Brothers".
-- EllyKash  11/1/2008
In the 1987 film, Lost Boys, Michael Emerson is a main character.
-- lizard  11/9/2008
Who cares if it's common? I don't think that should change the way people feel about a name.
-- Devilqueen  12/2/2008
Mike Carden, guitarist for The Academy Is..., and Michael Guy Chislett, also guitarist for The Academy Is...
-- Mitsukai  12/7/2008
Actor Michael Muhney - known for playing Sheriff Lamb on the TV Show Veronica Mars - named his daughter Ella Michael Muhney.

I think it's a lovely combination and very cute - I wouldn't use Michael as my daughter's first name though due to my dad being a Michael, too - using it as a my daughter's name makes a perfect choice.
-- Jamie Stefanie  12/17/2008
My brother's name is Mikayle (Maki as nickname- I don't know why), which sounds almost like Michael. This name can be an excellent alternative for Michael because it was being excessively overused.
-- alexa7289  1/20/2009
What about this Famous Bearer: Michel de Montaigne?
-- chriskardos  1/21/2009
Princess Michael of Kent is a member of the British Royal Family. She is married to Prince Michael of Kent, who is the grandson of King George V. She has written several books on the royal families of Europe. Princess Michael of Kent (1945 - ).
-- walesgal92  2/17/2009
My boyfriend's name is Michael and I love it! It's a cute, strong name, although it gets confusing after a while. I know too many people named Mike!
-- knd_leigh713  2/18/2009
I can't believe no one's mentioned Michael Scott, the regional manager for Dunder Mifflin on NBC's The Office.
-- MtotheK  2/21/2009
One of the most overused (and therefore, sadly boring) names for boys of all time, in my opinion.
-- emmiix3  3/13/2009
The name "Michael" means "Who is like God." It is a statement that means: Who=the named person, subject; is=to be; like=in likeness of, of; God=The Creation, The End, every Life, and everything in Heaven, Hell, and on Earth.
-- mjpr83916  3/29/2009
My husband is Michael. Michael is a strong handsome name, but rarely is he called "Mike". Maybe "Mikey" on occasion.
-- Gothiclovesick  5/3/2009
I am a Jew and I actually associate this name with the archangel. At least if you don't pronounce it Mi-Kai-El. It is a beautiful name if you want to show your commitment to God. If you're Christian though, please don't use this name with the translation in mind. By comparing Jesus to God you are ruining the name's true meaning which is that no one is like God.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2009
Michael C. Hall is an American television and stage actor, best known for the titular role on Showtimes' 'Dexter' and for his lead role on HBO's 'Six Feet Under.' He has been nominated for numerous Emmy awards for both roles, but has yet to win. He also has an amazing singing voice, and has appeared in a number of on-stage musicals in the past.
-- KillYourEgo  6/22/2009
I like this name, because of Michael the Archangel. But seriously, I went through my yearbook, and I must have seen well over a dozen Michaels, and that was just in the seniors. Way too common.
-- dramaelf  6/25/2009
I hate the name Micheal; it is just too common and too icky. I like the original Hebrew: Mee-ki-l.
-- savannaha1207  7/22/2009
Micheal is the English version of the Hebrew name Mikeal.
-- savannaha1207  7/22/2009
I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned Michael Weatherly yet on the list of famous bearers. He plays Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS.
-- slinkyobsession  7/29/2009
This name is way too overused. Name your kid something more unique.
-- -Julia-  8/22/2009
Although this name may not be unique, I believe that it is still a beautiful name for a boy. It's timeless. It sounds refined and classy.
-- poppiesandsweettea  8/23/2009
This is one of my favorite names for a boy. Of course I'll probably use it as a middle name since it's so common.
-- nicole_10107  9/10/2009
This reminds me of Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson. This name is ok, but I don't think it really stands out.
-- CJsbestfriend13  10/13/2009
In Spanish, Micheal is pronounced (MIG-EL).
-- coolcatevan9  12/5/2009
This is a great, smart choice for a name.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2009
I absolutely ADORE Michael Jackson! So it's natural for me to like the name Michael.
-- Anonymous User  1/31/2010
This is a very good name for a boy. I have a cousin with this name. We just call him Michael though he doesn't like it when I try to call him Mike or Mikey.
-- GrapeGirl93  2/14/2010
It doesn't matter if the name is common- IT IS A GREAT NAME! Morons today want to be unique, even if their uniqueness makes them look like idiots (Hi, my name is Jayden).
-- johann14  3/2/2010
Michael HAYDN famous Austrian composer.
-- Anton  3/11/2010
I like the name Michael even though every other boy has this name! Also I love Michael Jackson, he's amazing, so that helps too!
-- starz26  3/28/2010
The boy in the video for The GazettE's "Burial Applicant" is called Michael.
-- shotgun_wedding  4/9/2010
American actor Michael Madsen.
-- jennyferj99  4/15/2010
Popularity does not matter to me. I feel sorry for you if you think how popular the name is matters. This is a great/good name.
-- Anonymous User  5/26/2010
A famous bearer is American stage actor Michael Arden (born October 6, 1982). He made his Broadway debut as Tom Sawyer in the 2003 revival of "Big River". His additional stage credits include "bare: a pop opera" and the revue "Sondheim on Sondheim". In television, he was a cast member of the quickly-cancelled "The Return of Jezebel James".
-- AndrewJKD  6/30/2010
Michael Jackson ruined it for me. Plus, the name is everywhere, and it needs to be given a rest.
-- Black_X  7/2/2010
The name Michael is derived from the Hebrew question מי כמו אלוהים? Meaning "Who is like God?".
-- CalicoCatLover  8/29/2010
I love Michael as a middle name for a boy.
-- IrishKisses  9/15/2010
Ughh. This name is SOOOO overused. I have a weak spot for some common names (Matthew, Catherine, William, Jennifer... you get my point) but I literally hear this one every day. Pick something else.
-- Chrila96  10/10/2010
I do believe this name only grows more common with each passing day and with each new life entered into this world... regardless of my dislike for common names, I think this one is well deserved. It is a very strong name. It is easily fitting to a young boy, but with grow with him into adulthood and through the serious business world.

Considering nearly every name in our vocabulary comes from a Saint (or has been in use by one), Michael is one to be proud of (as are all... but you get my point). Patron Saint of Armies? Saint of Soldiers? Saint of Warriors? What boy would not want a name much like that one?

However.
I prefer it reversed into a different language... Italian mainly, simply because it is so popular. Being in a different variation and ethnic background gives a new glow.
-- Francesca  11/25/2010
It's a nice enough name (it's my dad's) but I hear it almost everyday. Lay off this name for a little bit.
-- Chrila96  12/4/2010
I know a girl named Michael. I think it is very cute for a girl. When I first heard it I said, "Wow I love unisex names now!" lol.
-- lol_cool  1/20/2011
There is a reason why this name is so popular after so many years. It's a good name. Who cares if it's popular.
To me someone who says they love a name but won't give it to their child because of it's popularity are just mental.
Get over the popularity aspect, if you love the name, give it to your child. If not, pick a different one. Geez.
-- Dancing_Dragonfly  1/20/2011
If a name is popular, than that usually means it's a good name because many people choose to name their child this.
-- nina77  4/3/2011
Current (2009-) leader of the Liberal Party of Canada is Michael Grant Ignatieff.
-- K.G Valentina  4/12/2011
John and Michael have to be the most popular names in the world and their popularity is not decreasing. Parents should start being more creative.
-- Anonymous User  4/18/2011
This name is a bit too common, and strikes me as the sort of name that you use when you can't think of anything else.
-- Hushpuppy  5/27/2011
Mikey Martinez- the drummer of the band Allstar Weekend.
-- HalfBloodPrincess  6/24/2011
There's a reason why names are popular. They're good names. Michael's one of them. If you think a name's good, then use it.
-- SamBelden  7/8/2011
Every "Mike" (which is what 99% of all Michaels seem to go by) I've ever met was a jerk, starting with my stepfather. This is probably my least favorite boys name. Yes, it is masculine, classic, easy to spell and what not, but I simply cannot get over the bad associations I have. The name kind of sounds like "My kill" to me as well, but that might just be in my head.
-- Proctorness  8/6/2011
Michael Ancher (1849-1927) was a Danish painter who worked with his wife Anna. Their daughter, Helga, was also a painter.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2011
Michael Andrews (1928-1995) was a British painter.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2011
This name is quite refined, but only because it has a certain sort of 'coldness' that sticks in the memory forever.
-- Anonymous User  8/13/2011
I personally hate the name Michael. It's the single most overused name in the world, I'm pretty sure of that. I know probably 100 Michaels, including my stepdad, stepbrother, nephew, and at least 15 cousins, not to mention all the Michaels I went to school with. ENOUGH ALREADY! GIVE THIS NAME A BREAK, PLEASE!
-- GibsonGirl  8/18/2011
1. Mike Shinoda of rock/rap band Linkin Park, born Michael Kenji Shinoda.

2. Michael Poulsen, front man for rock band Volbeat.
-- GibsonGirl  8/18/2011
For our eldest son, we used the form MIKLE.
-- Tannalas  8/21/2011
Michael Ayrton (1921-1975) was a British painter, sculptor, theatre designer, book illustrator, writer on art, and broadcaster.
-- Anonymous User  8/31/2011
Michael Jan Josef Brokof (1686-1721) was a Bohemian sculptor.
-- Anonymous User  10/12/2011
I don't understand why you rely your meaning of the names based on what media dictates from bashing celebrities who bear the names, when it is supposed to base on their Etymologies. Poor Michael Jackson, people say I hate the name Michael because it's the name of a pedo, a child molester, a wacko, a gay, blah blah blah, when if you actually trace the Etymology of the name from it's Hebrew roots, it means "who is like God" which implies a statement that there is no one like God. It may also meant "there's no greater force than Love". The court, FBI & autopsy findings are done leaking the truth about MJ's innocence, but people still feed on the terrible media junkies.
Ranting aside, Archangel Michael could be the close derivation of MJ's name. He was a messenger of God for creating songs that contain the message of love, brotherhood, friendship & caring for Mother Earth, and he was a warrior for fighting for equality, anti-racism & supporting charities for the children.
Come on, open your mind. You can't say I hate the name Michael because it's a weirdo name. That's not fair. How could you hate this name that was originally the name of a high ranked Archangel?
-- Anonymous User  1/18/2012
I hate the name for a couple different reasons. First of all it is entirely too common, yes everyone should give their child a strong name, but when you have half a dozen Michael/Mike's in a classroom it interferes with the way the classroom works. The teacher has to turn around and face the class to point to which Michael or they have to resort to using a boys full name 'Michael Smith' or 'Michael Jones'. Secondly, I despise Michael Jackson, it's a person dislike for both the name and the so called singer. Finally, if you give your child a name, why would you give them a nickname? If you want to call your child Mike, why waste the ink naming him Michael? I have several good friends named Michael and they're all good guys. I also know a bunch of lazy guys named Michael. So it doesn't describe a particular type of guy.
-- Cuss10  2/7/2012
About Michael in French: Michel is the genuine equivalent to Michael, but is - since early 1970's - the 'old fashion flavour'; I'm 40 years old and my first name is Michaël (same as the Dutch version), but at the same period (beginning of 1970's), the first name granted a new form: Mickael or Mickaël, and since that time, this is the most common writing form in French. So you can add all these form variants in French: Michaël, Mickael, Mickaël. [noted -ed]
-- mholtzer  5/30/2012
Michael Kors (born 1959 in Long Island, New York) is an American fashion designer.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael Kirk Douglas (born 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an American actor and producer.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael Ealy (born 1973 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael Landon (born 1936 in Queens, New York) was an American actor, director, and producer.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael John Nelson (born 1964 in St. Charles, Illinois) is an American comedian and writer.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael Dwayne Vick (born 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American NFL football quarterback.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael Carlyle Hall (born 1971 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Michael Emerson (born 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
You write "In the Hebrew tradition SAINT Michael is one of the seven archangels".

I am sure that the Talmud scholars would be most interested at the news that the Jewish religion has SAINTS

By the way, I neither knew that the Archangels were Saints in any religion! [noted -ed]
-- otontisch  9/2/2012
Whilst I agree that this name is very common I just love it! It's my partners name and I think it is manly and suits people of all ages.
-- MissMagical  12/30/2012
I think this name is so classic, no matter how common it is. My boyfriend's name is Michael (Michael Francis), and I love the meaning behind the name and its history. I think the name will always be relevant and a good choice for any baby boy- it's a strong, very masculine name and can be easily paired with a lot of other names.
-- briannaharley  1/9/2013
I kinda have mixed feelings on the name Michael. Sure, it's a good, strong, classic name that one can easily grow up with, and I love Michael Jackson and Michael Phelps and I've met lots of nice Michaels. But it's just gotten so popular to the point where I find it boring. I don't even think James or John are nearly as common as Michael these days. There are Michaels EVERYWHERE. Plus, it's pretty much the default middle name given to boys by lazy parents (like Marie for girls). I don't really like the nickname Mike either. It sounds like a generic dumb jock name.
-- mrose19  1/24/2013
I once briefly met a woman named Michael. I know it's super-duper trendy these days to use masculine names on females, but this was an adult woman, not a little girl, so it struck me as really odd. I have to wonder why her parents chose Michael over Michaela or Michelle.
-- jbr1234  3/14/2013
A famous bearer was German fantasy and children's book author Michael Ende (1929–1995), who wrote The Neverending Story, Momo and the Jim Button books.
-- Vellidragon  5/17/2013
My mother originally wanted to name me this, "Michael Marcus Augustus" probably would have a better flow and ring to it than "Lee Marcus Augustus", though I like my name "Lee".
-- Lee Augustus  12/18/2013
Michael is a great name, not to mention Michael Jordan.
-- Jason Malcolm  3/13/2014
Michael Craze played the First and Second Doctor's companion Ben Jackson.
-- VoraLundar  6/17/2014
I love this name. I know lots of Michaels and Mikes. Friends relatives, classmates, co-workers. That's probably the only bad thing about it, so many people have the name already. But I might still use it as a middle name. All the Michaels on both sides of my family will be flattered. Every Michael I've known has been very nice.
-- Songofecho  6/28/2014
For corn's sake the name of the archangel is spelt 'Michael' in English. If you're going to use the name, spell it that way. Spelling it another way will not accomplish anything other than causing puzzlement in other people as to how to pronounce the name; it won't make it sound any different or more 'unique'.

As for myself, I like the name but I don't really like the nickname 'Mike'. I don't know if someone can try to be called 'Michael' without coming across as formal or as being 'weird about his name'. Also, it is very, very common.
-- nametoad  6/29/2014
I know two people in my school named Michael. They are both my friends and they are very gentle and sweet to me. I'm actually friends with both of them. I love this name! I would name my son Michael Andrew or Michael Ryan. I just love the name so much and it's popularity!
-- arianagrandelover1  8/6/2014
I think the name Michael is a cool, elegant, strong name for a guy. It's funny though, I used to constantly get the spelling wrong of this name as I struggled to remember the vowel order of the 'a' and 'e'. XD.
-- Anonymous User  8/18/2014
Michael Heart, a Syrian American singer-songwriter, recording artist and guitarist best known for his song "We Will Not Go Down (Song for Gaza)".
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2014
I like this name, despite the fact it's EXTREMELY common, especially at my high school. Literally, there's probably at least fifteen Michael's in each of the graduating classes at my school. Still, it's a nice name- one of my closest friends is named Michael, and another of my friends is also Michael, though he goes by Mike.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2014
This name is nice, but it's just overused.
-- SH2237  12/28/2014
I think Mike is a really, really good name!
-- randomperson  1/21/2015
Michael is a great name, but it's been a popular name for years. Maybe go with another...?
-- Anonymous User  3/12/2015
Michael Amott, (Born July 28, 1969 in London, United Kingdom) guitarist of Swedish metal band Arch Enemy.
-- UoleviH  3/18/2015
I know about two times more guys named Michael than I do guys named John. That's a LOT of Michaels (almost all of them going by Mike, too)! I agree with the posters claiming this name has become stale - it was once pleasant, but has become way, way too common as a name.
-- erb816  4/7/2015
I like this name but it's just so common, especially the Nickname Mike. Seriously, I have like 3 Cousins with the name and I know countless people named Michael and so many go by Mike. I like it but it's just so unoriginal.
-- Anonymous User  6/27/2015
So common and so very boring! It's not that great anyway. I love it for a girl though even though it's kind of butch sounding.
-- firestar11  8/10/2015
Todd Haberkorn's middle name is Michael. That said, his full name is Todd Michael Haberkorn.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2015
I can't believe that no one has mentioned Michael Hutchence (b.1960, d. 1997). He was an Australian musician and actor most known for being the lead singer of INXS.
-- Cynthiana  9/17/2015
The angel Michael is called "Mikail" in Islam. It is written as "ميكائيل" in Arabic and is pronounced "mik-KA-eel".
-- Anonymous User  10/18/2015
Michael Glass is a character in The Morganville Vampires, a book series by Rachel Caine.
-- Anonymous User  11/7/2015
Like the name, but I think it's too common.
-- Luvbug86  11/12/2015
And MJ has two sons, Prince Michael Jackson II and Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.
-- Ian Costa  11/16/2015
I know hundreds of Michaels. Way too common for my taste.
-- Anonymous User  12/21/2015
This name is officially dad territory now, and besides that it is just way too popular. This name just does not fit on a child anymore.
-- al84  12/28/2015
Michael Jordan is a famous basketball player.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2016
Nice name, but waaaaaaayyy overused. Lol.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2016
There are enough examples of women named Michael that like "Vivian" and "Ashley" it should now be considered unisex.
-- sandamy27  2/27/2016
This name is just so common in my opinion, it's been in the top 10 for over 70 years and it's been the most common for over 40 years. You'd think it's the most common name, but it's actually not since John was the most common every year for centuries, so I prefer Michael with it being a lot less common.
-- Anonymous User  2/28/2016
The name Michael is a powerful and influential name. I've seen many men bearing the name achieve immeasurable amounts of greatness and influence, affluence... etc. They bring out the best in the lives of others. The name associates with great power and potentiality. People who bear this name hardly fail in life. I Love the name for it moves me to be the best I could.
-- Michael ELECKS  3/3/2016
Michael Elecks James is a famous apostle and preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus, who had served many churches and now presides over LIFERS WORSHIP CENTER.
-- Michael ELECKS  3/3/2016
I love this name. It is so strong, and so what if it is common.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2016
This Michael Elecks guy above me gives Michael's everywhere a bad name. "Famous apostle," lmao. Poor Jesus is probably shaking his holy head up in heaven at this dude's complete audacity.

To the point, I think the name Michael is pretty great.
-- samoan.solstice  4/21/2016
Michael can also mean He who is like God (El).
-- Laohg_shaddai  4/22/2016
It's far too common and stale for me to ever want to hear it again. See, the reason people don't like using popular names is that, after names become popular, you get used to hearing them so much that they become boring and bland. This exact thing has happened with Michael. Please, put the name down for a while.
-- RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
The name Michael was given to 36 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
Michael Clifford, guitarist from 5 Seconds of Summer.
-- Eileen1209864  6/18/2016
Very classic, decent and highly respectable but I can't even keep track of all the Michael and Mike's I've encountered throughout my life. This is a nice name but I'm hoping by 2016 it leaves the top 10's. Not exaggerating here, but most guys I know or have known were named this. This name is ridiculously common in my area. More so than Noah or any other ridiculously common name. Michael is a decent name but very overused, especially in my neck of the woods.
-- Anonymous User  6/21/2016
Sorry to say, but I don't like this name too much. It's way too common and I know at least 50 Mike or Michael's who go to my school. It's just one of those names that have gone out of style and just sounds drab and boring. It's not the worst name out there though.
-- Anonymous User  6/29/2016
Boring, overused, bland...
-- Anonymous User  8/19/2016
I used to be named Michael but I didn't like it at all and legally changed my middle name David to my first name. My name now is David Matthew Michael.
-- Indigo ice dave  10/18/2016
I may have not liked Michael as a first name, but having Matthew Michael together flow as two beautiful middle names.
-- Indigo ice dave  10/18/2016
This name is classic, but very common, and the diminutives are boring. Mikey, Mike, Mick... Dull. This name doesn't need to be that popular.
-- ERK  11/3/2016
This name is VERY common.
-- xxManny  11/17/2016
Michael Schumacher is a German retired racing driver. He is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year twice. He won two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before moving to Ferrari where he drove for eleven years. His time with Ferrari yielded five consecutive titles between 2000 and 2004.
-- cutenose  1/15/2017
Michael Bolton. A famous singer-songwriter.
-- Anonymous User  1/24/2017
Michael Herck is a retired Belgian-Romanian racing driver. Herck was adopted at the age of one and a half years by millionaire André Herck, a Belgian citizen born in Bucharest. Herck grew up in Monaco, and began his racing career in Karting in France.
-- lilolaf  2/3/2017
Michael Floyd is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame. With the Patriots, he won Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons.
-- lilolaf  2/17/2017
Michael William "Mike" Comrie is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey center. During his 13-year National Hockey League career he played with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He retired in early 2012 after undergoing hip surgery for the third time. He married actress and singer Hilary Duff in 2010 and they have one child together. In February 2015, Duff filed for divorce from Comrie, citing irreconcilable differences, and requesting primary physical and legal joint custody of their son.
-- cutenose  2/25/2017
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, including boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the Rocky series' seven films from 1976 to 2015; soldier John Rambo from the four Rambo films, released between 1982 and 2008; and Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films from 2010 to 2014. He wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three franchises, and directed many of the films.
-- cutenose  2/27/2017
Michael Fassbender is a German-born Irish actor. His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included various stage productions, as well as starring roles on television such as in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and the Sky One fantasy drama Hex. He first came to prominence for his role as IRA activist Bobby Sands in Hunger, for which he won a British Independent Film Award. Subsequent roles include in the independent film Fish Tank, as a Royal Marines lieutenant in Inglourious Basterds, as Edward Rochester in the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, as Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, as a sentient android in Prometheus, and in the musical comedy-drama Frank as an eccentric musician loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom.
-- cutenose  3/11/2017
Michael Flynn, the Russian collaborator.
-- Cedar  3/30/2017
Michael Te-Pei Chang is an American former professional tennis player. He became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 4 months.
-- cutenose  4/14/2017
Michael Saul Dell is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. He is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s leading providers of information technology infrastructure solutions. He is ranked as the 37th richest person in the world by Forbes, with a net worth of US $20.8 billion as of February 2017.
-- cutenose  4/18/2017
Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer. Douglas's career includes a diverse range of films in independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades, both competitive and honorary. These awards include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" and the AFI Life Achievement Award, which "honor[s] an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture".
-- cutenose  5/31/2017
Michael Gerard Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
-- cutenose  6/10/2017
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, including boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the Rocky series' seven films from 1976 to 2015; soldier John Rambo from the four Rambo films, released between 1982 and 2008; and Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films from 2010 to 2014. He wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three franchises, and directed many of the films.
-- cutenose  6/28/2017
I like the name Michael. My boyfriend's name is Michael, my dad's name is Michael, and my youngest son's middle name is Michael. Just because the name Michael is common and a lot of you don't like the name Michael doesn't mean everyone else can't name their son Michael. If I have another son I will name him Michael lee.
-- Hotrodgirl27  6/29/2017
Michael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician, songwriter and composer. He is best known as the co-founder, bassist, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of American punk rock band Green Day. He has also played in several other bands, including The Frustrators. His stage name was originally a nickname that his friends from grade school had given him, as he would constantly play "air bass" and make a "dirnt, dirnt, dirnt" noise while pretending to pluck the strings.
-- cutenose  7/15/2017
Michael Ilitch Sr. Was an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owned the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.
-- cutenose  7/21/2017
Michael Kenji Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and graphic designer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist, mostly providing the rap-style vocals. Shinoda later created a hip-hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2004. He served as a producer for tracks and albums by Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond, and The X-Ecutioners.
-- cutenose  7/28/2017
Michael is the 17th most popular male name so far in 2017 according to http://www.milemarkmedia.com/.
-- milemark  8/22/2017

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