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Notice how almost every single comment on here complains about the name Michael being "overused" or "too common"?
I know it's an obscenely common name, but I still like it a lot. Very pretty.
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This name is so overused it’s not even funny. Everyday you’ll meet a Michael.
Still a beautiful name, though.
I really love M names, and Michael is no exception. Very handsome name for a guy. Michaela, Mikayla, and Makayla are also very beautiful.
Michael is a firmly masculine name. There are beautiful versions for girls: Michelle, Michele, Michaela, even Mickey. People who name their daughters male names are weird, plain and simple.
So sorry for anyone with this name. It pains me to hear this word spoken aloud. Good nicknames are Mikey, Mikeboy, Mickey Mouse, Mike Moldy, Baddie Michael, etc.
Michael Jackson made the name cooler for me in my opinion. He makes the name have more personality for me now!
I really like this name. Unfortunately, I have an uncle Mike who's not the greatest person. So, I can't use this name for a of NOW. However, if you can, you should totally use it! While common, it's a very nice name. Michael is a cool name.
I do not understand why people say so many negative things about the name Michael.
It is true that Michael's name is famous, but why? One of the reasons for that could be the comfortable dialect, the meaning it has, the successful celebrities who are named Michael or just like the name.
It's so cruel that you suppress it just because you don't like the name. This name is one of the greatest angels of God and its meaning is also beautiful. If many children are called Michael, it means it's a good name that parents are choosing for their child. Anyway, not everyone likes it respectable, but express your opinion respectfully. Maybe a mother wanted to name her son Michael.
Sorry, I hate it now. It's boring to me. Michael is always unattractive and unpleasant, and same with the other feminine variants of Michael, they are always unattractive :'(
I apologized for the previous comment above. It's an okay but cool name. I don't like unpleasant people named Michael, it just ruined it for me and it's okay for the association of Michael Jackson. Sorry for loathing this name.
I don’t like it, it’s too associated with Michael Jackson, plus it’s so common which makes this name hideous.
Michael Theodore Mouse.
I understand why people like this name, it’s strong and masculine. Personally I don’t like how the first vowel feels/sounds due to my Great Lakes version of English. One of the coolest guys in my life right now is a Michael, but like many he goes by a nickname (not even one that’s a derivative of Michael). I’ve never met a boring Michael, that’s for sure.
This name is cool. I like the nicknames Mike and Mikey.
Growing up as a kid in the 90s, I almost always encountered two to three Michaels in one class. In fact, in second grade we had five Michaels in one class alone; just to name one example in my personal experience of how popular this name once was for my generation. It is a good name, don't get me wrong. I just think it is time for a cooling off period for this one particular forename.
Nice name for a BOY. I find it pathetic that people are naming their daughters Michael.
It's not pathetic.
My name is Michael and I am a girl. Yeah some old people raise eyebrows when they hear me say my name. But who cares?! I enjoy it just the same. As for the silly comment below suggesting Michelle, No! I think all names are gender neutral and cis binary bigotry need not apply in the modern era!
If you want to name your daughter Michael, go with Michelle instead.
Michael is a great name for a girl. I really like it and think it would be a cute name to give to a future daughter of mine.
It's true this name is common, even I know a lot of boys named Michael. I think this name is solid and classic. Hate the nickname Mike, it rhymes with "bike".
Michael is the name of Tubbo and Ranboo's adopted child on the Dream SMP.
Absolutely overused. I think everyone knows a ton of "Mikes". It's a name that lacks in personality.
Although it's extremely common, "Michael" really is a classic! It's very hard not to like it!
This name is even more boring than overused names like David and James.
This name is so OVERUSED! When I was in elementary & middle school there were always 2 or 3 Michaels in my class. We would have to say their last initial so they would know which one we were talking about.
I love this name! In my opinion, this spelling is better than Micheal.
It isn't my cup of tea. There are definitely worse names out there, but I personally don't like it because it is extremely popular where I live and I have met several Michaels that were horrible. I also don't like Mike, Mick, Mikey, Micky and so on as nicknames for Michael.
My mom has always loved this name. I like it, too. I think it's a strong classic name with a beautiful meaning and awesome biblical reference.
A lot better than Micheal! Sounds handsome and mature!
Boring and overused name.
Nice name. It sounds gentle and non-threatening.
Mike and Michael are the only nice names on the site!
After a long debate with myself, I decided to name myself Michael after realizing that I was transgender. My full name is Michael Alexander, and I don’t regret the choice at all. I had always known I wanted to name myself something biblical, despite the fact that I am not religious. This choice to do so wasn’t because of the actual bible, per se, but because I loved all the angelic figures in John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost. I chose Michael over the other angels because I enjoy the heroic depiction of Michael in Paradise Lost as the leader of the army of heavenly forces against Satan and his rebels.Also, in choosing this name, I knew that it was all too common, so I fixed that by having most people just call me Mikey :)
Boring, common, dated.
This name is really common, one of the most popular names for men. Michael looks elegant, just a good name. Maybe little bit boring because used so often, but why not, it is really a classic name.
Had 3 Michael's in my class (We called each of them by their surnames only). Though it is a very common name it's strong with a great reputation. I like it.
Michael Kelso, the goofy, not-so-bright character from That 70s Show.
It's solid, classic, decent, timeless.
It’s alright. Nothing too special about it.
Well my friends. Like it or not, Parents can name their kid whatever they want because it’s their decision. However I do have to agree with you. All girls need to have their own names.
I don’t think anybody mentioned Mike C. The founder of this website.
The creator of "Beavis and Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill"'s full name is Michael Craig Judge.
Despite it being so common I really like it - it has a Great symbolic meaning to all forms of Christianity, whether it's Catholic or Protestant, and it also comes with a few nicknames, which I don't think are needed - overall strong, hefty name.
I named my youngest son Michael.. the Archangel of God. It isn't used a lot here in the south eastern United States. He is in 5th grade now and not one year has there been another Michael in any of his classes. It's a classic name.
A famous bearer is Michael Rosen.
Michael Carbonaro is an actor and the host of "The Carbonaro Effect".
It's classic but seriously it's too common. It was the most popular male name in the USA for like 40 years? It's time for a break.
So I don't think this is really very relevant but, I personally associate the name Michael with Michael Afton from Five Nights At Freddy’s... which isn’t exactly a good thing. So I believe that he is the FNAF 4 kid’s older brother (there’s a LOT of debate about that) so that theory means that he is the oldest kid of a child murderer, accidentally killed his traumatized little brother, and got his internal organs scooped out because an animatronic needed a skin suit to go out in public. Yep so in Essence...Michael Afton is kinda a terrible person. Thank you for coming to my ted talk :)
Michael Afton is not a bad person! He accidentally killed his brother. Actually, he didn't kill him, Fredbear killed him. Also, just because he is the son of a murderer does not mean he is a murderer/terrible person.
Went to a Catholic School in Scotland and this was one of the most common names, along with James, Sean, Ryan, John and Liam. I like it despite how common it is.
In my personal view, the name, despite being crazy common, is really interesting and good. I just have some bad associations about this name.
I came here again and noticed my previous comment, where I explained what my bad associations about this name were has been edited by mods or something and everything I wrote was deleted. Nice job mods, it would've been better if you just totally deleted the comment then. What even was the point for me to waste time and write it? There is a comment down there which has similar content and that one didn't get a large piece of a text cut out. [comments may be edited to remove details that are not relevant to other visitors -ed]
My favorite singer's name is Michael. His name is Michael Jackson.
Here's the thing about Michael (and I've posted something similar for David): it's objectively a good name. Particularly in its English form, it's not too harsh / macho, but the long-I in the beginning keeps the whole thing from becoming a mumble. I totally get its appeal. But a bunch - more like a whole entire boatload and then some - of parents decided Michael would be a good first or middle name for their boys. (It's my own father's middle name.) This might be the absolute most common name of people I know of *any age* (not just my generation). Seriously, if I did a Top 3, I think it would be Michael "Mike", David "Dave", and then probably Mary or Jennifer "Jenny". That is a lot of people.Michael needs a nice, long breather before it stops being played out on boys. As for being a feminine name... no. Just stop. Please.
I named my son Michael. I don't know why or what it is but I've always liked this name since I was a small child. I liked Michael Anthony but ended up naming my son after his father Michael Shane.
Love this name I will be using this for one of my kids.
I don't really care for this name. I have an uncle who never visited, never cared for anyone in my family, is a "tough customer", and he pretty much wanted to take my grandmother's money. He visited only a few times. He had chewing tobacco in a water bottle and spilled it all on the floor (We have carpet, WHITE CARPET). I had to clean it all up, disgusting! His middle name is Michael. I don't like this name because of that, and I don't like the way it sounds. He's a good and bad person, everyone has their flaws. Don't let my uncle drive you from this name, the name doesn't make the people who they are, they choose their actions.
Pity that Michael is too popular, as it is a really good, strong name. The only thing that would put me off from using it is its ridiculous popularity (I also have a Michael in the family).
There is nothing wrong with the name Michael, but I personally wouldn't use it, only because it is very popular where I live. I have also met a few Michaels that weren't very nice.
I appreciate the rustic feel this name shoots for, however it sounds more like a woodland shack than a log cabin. Generally, people named Michael are 45-50 year old men with slightly thinning blonde hair and a friendly demeanor. While the person it refers to is nice. It also makes me think of a cat with too many hair balls, so I do not like this name. The popularity does not suit the name, and, personally, I think it should be banished to the endless mists of obscurity.
OMG, like this name is so popular where I'm from that it's not even funny anymore. I mean, if you think this name is good or something then ok, go for it. But be warned that you will find a lot of guys running around named Michael.
It is a nice name. However, I'd say that it is exhaustably overused to the point where most of its charm is gone. But that is just my personal opinion and nothing more. ;)
Decades of extreme popularity have made this a super boring name.
I love the sound of it, but it's just too common for me to use it. For a girl, I'd use Michaela or Michelle :)
It's kinda funny. I know a guy named Michael and everyone teases him and calls him Chichael. He gets mad every time and that's all I can think of when I hear this name, besides the archangel, kings of Russia and Michael Jackson.
Overused, just like all Biblical names. I've met too many jerks with this name, too.
VERY popular.
Only met one decent Michael though.
I quite like this name. It’s too bad it’s gotten painfully overused and that the true meaning has been forgotten. I’ve met a few arrogant Michaels.
Used by famous voice actors of dubbed anime Michael Sorich, Michael McConnohie, and the late Michael Lindsay. If there are others please notify me.
I like this name a lot since it reminds me of my late grandfather who, sadly, passed away last year. (sad sigh)
Great name, might consider it for any future baby I might have.
Michael is a purely masculine name that should never be given to a girl as its sound is quite rough, but handsome.
The history of this name is quite grand.
A good, timeless default name. Doesn't need any nicknames.
In the modern, Western world, there is no more dead common name than Michael. Additionally, I have only ever met one Michael that was not a complete jerk. Sometimes I believe we meld to our names, and most Michael's/Mike's are complete aholes. I am very glad that Michael is no longer the most popular name for boys in the US; however, it is still in the top 10. Someone explain that? I still like Michael more than the "trendy" names Millennial parents are naming their boys though.
Is the vibrational coding of Micheal an evil vibrational energy that we shouldn't rename our children with such energy? Given the very first Michael of time has fallen from heaven?
Of all the inmates in jail, 14 out of 50 have the name Michael, which has concerned my interest.
I agree with @Geminiwoman333's comment above. It's always evil and unpleasant in my opinion.
Manly with such a powerful meaning.
Not a lot of people know this, but Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth name was Michael. His father changed it to Martin after visiting Germany in honor of Martin Luther.
I like it. Nickname: Mikey.
Nice name, but too common. If you name a kid this there will most likely be at least 3 other kids in his class with this name.
There is nothing wrong with the name Michael, but it's too common I personally would never use it.
Really weird when Michael is used on a girl, right?
Michael Jackson, a famous singer and dancer. The king of pop!
I'm starting to like this name, although I won't use it on a child because it's very common.
If your name is Michael you're probably into Norwegian Death Metal and elven beauty pageants to be honest.
I don't normally like biblical names, but this is an exception. It is my husband's middle name and we have been considering our baby boy to have this name.
Normally I prefer boy names that don’t seem too old-fashioned, but Michael is an exception. After all, Michael is not too old-fashioned. It’s been so popular for boys for years now. It suits a baby boy, a young boy, a grown man and an old man. I truly think that it’s one of those names that will never go out of style. Although, I do realize that Michael has been used as a feminine name too. I wouldn’t name a girl Michael though. Truly one of the male names that just wouldn’t sound right on females. Michael makes a great boy’s name in my opinion.
Just because some women were unfortunately named Michael doesn't mean Michael is a unisex name. Michael is and will always be a male name. I still don't get why parents give their daughters male names.
This is not merely a masculine name, as there are women named Michael as well. It should be listed as both or unisex.
According to ISTAT in 2017 were born 408 Michael in Italy.
Michael Burnham is a character on the television series "Star Trek: Discovery". In this case, the character is female.
Michael Pearl was an extremely controversial author who has written the following works: "To Train Up a Child" (1994) (co-authored with his wife, Debi Pearl), "No Greater Joy" magazine (co-authored with his wife, Debi Pearl), "Training Children to be Strong in Spirit" (2011) and "Good and Evil" (2006) which won a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2009 for the Drama/Graphic Novel category and was a Foreword Book Award finalist in the same year. He and his wife were known to encourage child abuse (To Train Up a Child) and the treatment of women as a subservient species.
Love the name, especially spelled Michael, the old way. It's strong and kind sounding, reminds me of Michael the Archangel, and by the way, I liked every guy named Mike that I've ever met.
Michael Duke of Strelsau (AKA Black Michael) is a character in the novel The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.
This is definitely one of my favorite male names of all time. When I think of the name Michael, I think of someone who is kind, confident, and caring. This is on my list for if I ever have kids someday. Michael is also my best friend's name and that just makes me love it even more.
Michael is a popular yet commonly misunderstood name I believe.
This is a nice enough, and certainly classic, name. However, it is just TOO common, to the point of being boring. If you must use it, I think it would be better as a middle name.
Famous Bearer: Michael Vincent Jones (born July 24, 1987) is an American actor, voice actor, podcast host, and internet personality who is known for his work with Rooster Teeth's gameplay division Achievement Hunter. He also co-hosted a three-time winner of the Podcast Awards, Internet Box.
Michael is quite a good name, strong and sincere, as well as appealing to various ethnic and religious groups, but horribly overused. There's nothing wrong per say with calling your son Michael, but be aware that he's probably going to encounter a copious amount of people who share his name. If you like Michael, but also think it's overused, some similar options are Raphael, Gabriel, Malachi, and Micah.
In 2018, 24 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Michael who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 390th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Michael who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
One of my favorite masculine names. Strong and classic. The only downside is that it is a little too popular.
Nice name, and I love Mikey as a nickname.
Intensely hoping that the popularity will plummet before I have kids! I just love the meaning, it is a very powerful name to uphold when you look at the history. I love the 'protector of Israel'. And Mike is a cute nickname to me.
I like the name.
I hate Mike and Michael. The sound is just hideous, and then there is that moron Michael Pence.
Who is the most famous Michael? Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan.
I don't really like this name because of how extremely common it is. Everywhere I go I always run into new people named Michael. And I don't like the name Mike either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Michael Flynn, the Russian collaborator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Bolton. A famous singer-songwriter.
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.
This name is VERY common.
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.
I may have not liked Michael as a first name, but having Matthew Michael together flow as two beautiful middle names.
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.
Boring, overused, bland...
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.
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.
Michael Clifford, guitarist from 5 Seconds of Summer.
The name Michael was given to 36 girls born in the US in 2015.
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.
Michael can also mean He who is like God (El).
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.
I love this name. It is so strong, and so what if it is common.
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.
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.
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.
There are enough examples of women named Michael that like "Vivian" and "Ashley" it should now be considered unisex.
Nice name, but waaaaaaayyy overused. Lol.
Michael Jordan is a famous basketball player.
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.
I know hundreds of Michaels. Way too common for my taste.
And MJ has two sons, Prince Michael Jackson II and Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.
Like the name, but I think it's too common.
Michael Glass is a character in The Morganville Vampires, a book series by Rachel Caine.
The angel Michael is called "Mikail" in Islam. It is written as "ميكائيل" in Arabic and is pronounced "mik-KA-eel".
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.
Todd Haberkorn's middle name is Michael. That said, his full name is Todd Michael Haberkorn.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Amott, (Born July 28, 1969 in London, United Kingdom) guitarist of Swedish metal band Arch Enemy.
Michael is a great name, but it's been a popular name for years. Maybe go with another...?
I think Mike is a really, really good name!
This name is nice, but it's just overused.
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.
Michael Heart, a Syrian American singer-songwriter, recording artist and guitarist best known for his song "We Will Not Go Down (Song for Gaza)".
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.
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!
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.
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.
Michael Craze played the First and Second Doctor's companion Ben Jackson.
Michael is a great name, not to mention Michael Jordan.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 SAINTSBy the way, I neither knew that the Archangels were Saints in any religion! [noted -ed]
Michael Emerson (born 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American actor.
Michael Carlyle Hall (born 1971 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American actor.
Michael Dwayne Vick (born 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American NFL football quarterback.
Michael John Nelson (born 1964 in St. Charles, Illinois) is an American comedian and writer.
Michael Landon (born 1936 in Queens, New York) was an American actor, director, and producer.
Michael Ealy (born 1973 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is an American actor.
Michael Kirk Douglas (born 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an American actor and producer.
Michael Kors (born 1959 in Long Island, New York) is an American fashion designer.
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]
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.
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?
Michael Jan Josef Brokof (1686-1721) was a Bohemian sculptor.
Michael Ayrton (1921-1975) was a British painter, sculptor, theatre designer, book illustrator, writer on art, and broadcaster.
For our eldest son, we used the form MIKLE.
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!
1. Mike Shinoda of rock/rap band Linkin Park, born Michael Kenji Shinoda.2. Michael Poulsen, front man for rock band Volbeat.
This name is quite refined, but only because it has a certain sort of 'coldness' that sticks in the memory forever.
Michael Ancher (1849-1927) was a Danish painter who worked with his wife Anna. Their daughter, Helga, was also a painter.
Michael Andrews (1928-1995) was a British painter.
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.
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.
Mikey Martinez- the drummer of the band Allstar Weekend.
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.
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.
Current (2009-) leader of the Liberal Party of Canada is Michael Grant Ignatieff.
If a name is popular, than that usually means it's a good name because many people choose to name their child this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love Michael as a middle name for a boy.
The name Michael is derived from the Hebrew question מי כמו אלוהים? Meaning "Who is like God?".
Michael Jackson ruined it for me. Plus, the name is everywhere, and it needs to be given a rest.
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".
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.
American actor Michael Madsen.
The boy in the video for The GazettE's "Burial Applicant" is called Michael.
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!
Michael HAYDN famous Austrian composer.
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).
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.
I absolutely ADORE Michael Jackson! So it's natural for me to like the name Michael.
This is a great, smart choice for a name.
In Spanish, Micheal is pronounced (MIG-EL).
This reminds me of Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson. This name is ok, but I don't think it really stands out.
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.
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.
This name is way too overused. Name your kid something more unique.
I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned Michael Weatherly yet on the list of famous bearers. He plays Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS.
Micheal is the English version of the Hebrew name Mikeal.
I hate the name Micheal; it is just too common and too icky. I like the original Hebrew: Mee-ki-l.
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.
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.
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.
My husband is Michael. Michael is a strong handsome name, but rarely is he called "Mike". Maybe "Mikey" on occasion.
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.
One of the most overused (and therefore, sadly boring) names for boys of all time, in my opinion.
I can't believe no one's mentioned Michael Scott, the regional manager for Dunder Mifflin on NBC's The Office.
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!
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 - ).
What about this Famous Bearer: Michel de Montaigne?
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.
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.
Mike Carden, guitarist for The Academy Is..., and Michael Guy Chislett, also guitarist for The Academy Is...
Who cares if it's common? I don't think that should change the way people feel about a name.
In the 1987 film, Lost Boys, Michael Emerson is a main character.
A not so well known bearer is the Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender. He played Burton Christenson in the HBO-program "Band of Brothers".
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.
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".
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.
Name's okay, quite common. Hahah, you won't find me complaining about it.
I absolutely LOVE this name, it's so masculine. One of my very favorite names. :)
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.
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.
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.
Number 2 for boys in 2005.
This name is extremely overused. There are 9 Michaels in my grade alone at my school.
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.
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.
Mike Herrera from the band MxPx, his full name is Michael Arthur Herrera. :)
Has anyone mentioned Michael Alig? Definately not a role model, but a very interesting person.
And another famous bearer: Michael Emerson. Actor plays Benjamin Linus in 'Lost'.
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was born Michael Phillip Jagger.
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.
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).
Please! Have mercy! We don't need any more Michaels or Mikes in the world. WAAAY OVERUSED! Ugh.
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.
I love Michael Jackson, so I love this name too. But I like many other Hebrew names too.
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.
Michael Cera is an actor who was in "Arrested Development", "Superbad" and "Juno".
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.
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.
Michael Madsen is an American actor; he played Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs'.
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.
Another famous bearer is the English author, Michael Morpurgo. He is my favourite author.
A famous bearer is actor Michael Demskiy, he was born on 25 September 1944, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
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.
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.
A famous bearer is Michael Varten (on Alias he played Vaughn). I love the name Michael though.
A famous bearer would be Michael Kelso, the dumb but loveable goofus from That 70's Show.
I like the spelling "Meichal" a lot. Meichal Twist. Very cute name!
Michael is the season 1 winner of Hells Kitchen. He owns his own resturant in Los Angeles, California.
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.
Actor/Writer/Former host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Michael J. Nelson shares this name.
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.
Michael is common, but that only tells that so many people love this name! Michael reminds me of a handsome, intelligent man.
There is a movie called Michael where John Travolta plays an angel called Michael. Best movie ever.
Michael is the middle name of Tom Fletcher, one of the lead singers/guitarist in the British band McFly.
Michael Scofield is the name of the lead character of the television show Prison Break.
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.
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!
I actually love most Hebrew names like this one.
Strangely it seems, all the Michaels I know (5 at last count) are crazy/paranoid. I don't know. Maybe it's just me!
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.
Michael Ballack is captain of the German football (soccer) team.
It is a beautiful name - the name of an angel. (Seriously, Archangel Michael killed one of Satan's dragons)
Michael Myers is the psychotic killer in the movie Halloween.
"Michael" is a song by British band 'Franz Ferdinand', great song by the way.
In Meg Cabot's series of books 'The Princess Diaries', Michael is the main girl Mia's long-time crush and eventual boyfriend.
There are authors named Michael Connelly, Michael Kimball, and Michael Prescott.
Michael Card, Michael English, Michael W Smith are Christian music artists.
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?
Listen to the German pronunciation of Michael here:
In France it's spelt Michel (mee shell). A famous monument in St. Malo is called Mont St. Michel. Lots of steps. :)
Nice, simple name. A good one, I think.
The Irish form of Micheal is Michael (Me-hal) I think it is nice because my cousin is called Michael.
I like the name Michael, but it's way too popular for me!
Michael Palin, of Monty Python, is a famous bearer. Gone around the world, in many different ways.
I like this name, but it's a tad too popular for me!
The 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson.
Famous bearers: Michael Shaks (Canadian actor), Michael Beran (Czech actor)
I know way too many guys named Michael that I wouldn't use this name.
This name was the number one for like forty years. I stopped liking this name about a million Michaels ago.
Famous bearer: Michael James Owen (born December 14 1979), England and Newcastle football player, formerly of Liverpool and Real Madrid.
I don't like the name 'Michael', it is way overused, seriously. I hate the name, I have relatives with the name.
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.
I like this this name quite a bit, it is not overly masculine and fierce(yuck), and with a nice sound.
Another famous Michael is England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
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.
Michael W. Smith is an amazing Christian artist.
Michael is a rather mysterious name. Common but nice.
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. ;)
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.
Michael was the name of the elder brother in Steven Spielberg's film 'ET'.
There was also a Michael in Disney's Mary Poppins.
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.
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.
A famous bearer of this name is Michael Balzary aka Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
One famous bearer is Michael Tolcher, the man who sings "Mission Responsible".
Michael Corleone, the main character of the film: "THE GODFATHER" bears this name.
In my eyes Michael is a strong sounding name. I, however, do not like Mike or Mikey as nicknames for Michael.
Famous bearer is Michael Douglas, an Academy Award-winning American actor.
Famous bearers are Michael Jackson, an American singer and Michael Moore, an American film director.
This is also the name of the little boy in Disney's Peter Pan. Michael cute. :)
Michael Rosenbaum, the actor who plays Lex Luthor on Smallville and the Flash on Justice League.
Can also be spelled Mychael which is different and cute.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelo's eldest son is named Michael Joesph.
Olympic medalist Michael Phelps bears the name.
Michael Buble is an amazing singer who bears this name.
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!
Michael Spears bears the name.
Michael is the real name of Mikey Way, bassist for My Chemical Romance!
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.
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).
Mechanical mastermind/pianist/musician/lead singer of Nine Inch Nails' real name is 'Michael Trent Reznor'.
Michael Learned (a woman) played Olivia Walton on the show The Waltons from 1972-1979.
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.
Singer Michael W. Smith bears this name. :)
This is Mike Shinoda's (Linkin Park's emcee) full name.
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.
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.
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.
In Germany Michael is pronounced mish-i-eel.
Famous bearer: actor Michael J Fox (Back to the Future trilogy, Spin City), now an active campaigner to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease.
According to 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]
A notable bearer of this name is basketball star Michael Jordan (b. 1963).
This name is pronounced mee-khah-el in Hebrew.

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