Michele Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Michele:
Feminine form of the French Michel, a cognate of Michael (Who is like God?). Var: Mechelle, Me'shell, Michele, Michella, Mischelle, Mishelle. Short: Chelle, Shell, Shelle. Pet: Missy, Shelly.
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I love my name "Michele." It seems it's not a popular name now and that's just fine with me. Whenever someone misspells my name with two "ll's" I don't hesitate to correct him or her. My mother told me when I was a child the correct spelling was with one "l." No one has ever tried to give me a nickname or tried to shorten my name. If they had I know I would have informed them to call me "Michele."
- Personal experiences with the name Michele
My mother's name is Michele, I've always thought it was pretty. When I used to ask how to spell it she would say "your grandfather used to be a preacher and he said my name wasn't spelled with 2 Ls so I wouldn't have "hell" in my name.
My middle name is Michele and I wish so badly that it was my first name! I love the name Michele because it is so rare now a days but when people find out my middle name is Michele they never say oh that's such an old name. Instead, people love it! It's very feminine yet it also sounds strong and independent. Also, there is no way I would love my middle name the same if it had 2 l's....one L is definitely the way to go!!(:
My name is so date stamped and out-of-fashion! I would definitely not recommend to any of today's parents. I actually prefer this spelling to the frillier two L variety, however, no one ever spells it correctly and I never even bother to correct anymore. So, for all intents and purposes my name is "Michelle" as that is how all non-family members spell it.
I love my name! Sure... it almost is never spelled correctly (people always put two L's in it) but it's ok. I almost never hear it any more and that's why I love it! Most of my family and friends call me Shell, Mish, or Mishy. I think it would be great to give to a new born today! :)
I'm fond of my name - it was unique when I was a kid, but not radically so, and now it keeps me from being confused with the sea of Ashleys and Jennifers in my peer group. The spelling never bothered me - it's simple and quick :-) The only hard thing is the nickname thing - I don't like "Shelly" or variations thereof, but it would have been nice to have a shortened version to go by. All in all, I'd recommend it to a friend. It's feminine and soft without being weak or overly used.
My mother was French-Canadian, and I actually have an accent in the first 'e'. However, I agree that it is hard to spell, I hardly bother correcting anyone who spells it 'Michelle'. At least no one can pronounce it wrong (: . As for the nicknames, mine has always either been 'Mich' or 'Michy', though a couple of friends call me 'Chelsie' for some strange reason. Either way, I think it's a great name, being uncommon nowadays, and very unique.
My mother was stationed in France during WWII. When she came home she married my father & over the next several years gave birth to myself & my sister. She named me "Michele", the American spelling of the French "Michelle" & named my sister "Margo", the American spelling of the French "Margot". Unlike several people above, I do correct people who spell my named with 2 l's.
My mom's name is Michele with one L. She along with the commenters here has said that her name was popular in the early 60's when she was born than it is today. My mom does also correct people who spell it incorrectly as here name is important to her. She used to tell me when I was a kid that the Beatles song "Michelle" was the French way to spell her name. At this point my grandmother would chime in and say "We're Italian so it's spelled with one L "Michele," which I did in fact look up was true. My cousins also call her Aunty Shell. I love her name and nickname!
- Nicknames for Michele
Cheley, Shell, Shelly, Shellie, Chellie, Chel, Chel Bel, Mish/Mich, Mishy/Michy, Missy, Chelsie, Chela, Mickie, Micki, Mick, Mickey
- Meanings and history of the name Michele
Feminine form of Michael, means "Who is like God". It's often rendered "a godly woman" as well.
- Famous real-life people named Michele
Michele Marie Bachmann (born on April 6, 1956)2 is the the United States House Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party. She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg, in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.3 The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud. She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election, defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party's John Binkowski. Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007. (source: Wikipedia)
- Michele in song, story & screen
Michele - A Rocket to the Moon (Song)