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I am a woman (68 yrs old) named Michael. Everyone is always telling me they think Michael is a great name for a woman. When my mother was pregnant with me the doctor kept insisting that she was expecting a boy. When I arrived she used Michal in the Bible for a source of reference as she was a woman. She had chosen my name and did not want to change it. I grew up with a nickname which was awful...a name that nobody uses anymore. I started using my original name (Michael) when I was 18 yrs old.
My middle name is Howard from my grandfather. I have already met one woman whose middle name is Fitzgerald.

If a woman wishes to use her given name I see no reason why she should change her name to please other people.
Michal in the Bible (Hebrew name) was only feminine. Michal was the younger daughter of King Saul and wife of King David.
Also, there have been Michel (masculine) and Michelle (feminine) in French forever.
Love! So tender and delightful.
Michal or Michael, doesn't matter. This is a male's name only.
Michael Bates, of Bringing Up Bates fame, was originally named Michal. Gil and Kelly Bates realized long after she was born, that they disapproved of Michal in the bible. They wanted to change the name, but didn't want to spend money on having the name legally changed. They could change/add a letter for free so they added the e to make Michael.
I´m Michal. Greetings from Czech Republic in the middle of Europe. Michal is a definitively male name in our country :-) I don´t know any woman with this name. We spell it Michal (in English this is not possible, you don´t have a letter ch, the nearest way is like Mikhaal). The woman version in our language for this is Michala (Mikhaala) :-)
The name 'Michal' comes from the phrase 'mi col Adonai' (מי כל אדוני) in Hebrew, meaning 'who is like God?' or 'who has the power of God?'
The girl I know with this name pronounces it like Michael.
I find the name Michal a refreshing alternative to Michael, a name that has been overused and has become commonplace, in my opinion. I like it because it makes me feel more unique and so I have dropped the "e" from my name to be Michal. It's okay if it is either feminine or masculine.
This is my name. It is a female name pronounced Mee-khal in Hebrew. I've always been told it means "who is like G-d", which is what it says in my parent's Hebrew name dictionary.

To those thinking of giving this name to your daughter - please think twice. Every 1st day of school I was embarrassed when teachers called "Michael". Other kids laughed. I am in my 20's and people are always asking me for a nickname because they can't properly pronounce my name. My boyfriend of several years can't even pronounce it right. While I have no intention of changing it, I wish my parents had thought of this before they named me. Unless you live in a very heavily Jewish community, it's not the easiest name for a girl to live with.
According to The Jewish Encyclopedia (1904) the name Michal means "power".
This can also be spelled Mikal, which is the name of a character in the movie Wristcutters: A Love Story.
I think Michal is a great name for a girl/woman. It may sound like Michael, but Michal is a woman's name in the bible. It's one of those names that has always been a female name, but sounds masculine for those who like tomboyish sounding names for girls.
I plan on naming a girl Michal. And by the way, in the Hebrew, it can't mean "Who is like God" because it's lacking the "el" element. El means God in Hebrew (El Shaddai, El Elyon, etc.), and is a prefix or suffix of many names (Daniel, Michael, Nathanael, Israel, Elijah, etc.). Michal is more likely to mean brook (also an English name when spelled Brooke) or wadi.
It's pronounced mee-HARL (raspy h in the back of the throat), H is a closer approximation than K, but I suppose it might be pronounced mee-KARL, following the anglicisation of Michael (mee-har-EL).
This name is NOT pronounced mee-harl or mee-ha-rel or something like that. There is no resh in this name, it is pronounced mee-khal.
I absolutely love this name. If I have a daughter I think I'll name her Michal. It's so unique and beautiful. I could go on and on about it. One of my favourite names.
This is my name and I really like having it. I pronounce it like Michael (though it can also be pronounced Meekal). It's fun to see people's reactions when they meet a girl with what they think it a man's name. Definitely unique. I know of only one other person with the same name.
Pronounced MEE-KHAHL.
This name is exclusively feminine.
Means "Who is like God". A sweet name, though if you are reading it for the first time, it may look like it is a guy's name.
Does not mean "who is like G-d". The AL at the end is the difference. 'EL' in Michael (who is like G-d?) is El associated with Elohim, the Hebrew word/title for God. AL is totally different.
Who is like god would be Mi-cha-el, or Michael.
The name Michal is not pronounced like the English Michael (mie-kul), but mee-khal in Hebrew.

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