Michael: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Michael

Michael

Pronunciation: MIY-kəl (key)

Origin of the name Michael:

Derived from the Hebrew mīkhā’ē‘l (Who is like God?). The name is borne in the Bible by one of the seven archangels. He is the one closest to God and is responsible for carrying out God's judgments. Var: Michaell, Michail.

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Name Number: 6
Meaning: Home/family; responsibility; artistic in nature

South-Slavic female form of the name Michael is Mihaila(Mee-hay-lah).
Michelle is also female form of the name, in France for example.

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In Hebrew, the name Michael means "who is like God"(mi-who, ke-as or like, El-deity), which in Talmudic tradition is interpreted as a rhetorical question: "Who is like God?" (which expects an answer in the negative) to imply that no one is like God. In this way, Michael is reinterpreted as a symbol of humility before God.
Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition.
Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎ (pronounced ˌmixäˈʔel), Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl; Greek: Μιχαήλ, Mikhaḗl; Latin: Michael or Míchaël; Serbian: Mihailo/Михаило(Mee-hay-lo); Arabic: ميخائيل‎, Mīkhā'īl) Miguel (Spanish) Miguelito; Mikaël, Mika'il /Mikaal (German),Mikael (Finnish: short form Mika)

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Michael Learned, actress from "The Waltons"

Is one of the middle names of Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris (Paris Michael Katherine Jackson)

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A woman named Michael is the main character in the Timothy Findlay novel "You Went Away". The character is intelligent, spirited, adventurous, and devoted to her family.

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