Meaning: Who is like God?
Alternate spellings: Micheal, Mike, Mikey, Miguel, Mick, Michele, Mikhail, Mickey
Michael is one of the most popular boys’ names of all time. It is Hebrew and means “Who is like God?” (on the basketball court, perhaps Mr. Jordan?). Michael’s biblical connection – he was one of the archangels – has certainly helped the name’s popularity; it’s been on the U.S. charts since 1880. It hit the top 10 in 1943, reached #1 in 1954, and remained the #1 name for boys in the U.S. for all but one year through 1998. Few names have been so popular for so long, and even fewer still sound current and fashionable after so many years of widespread use. Parents are also attracted to the ultra-friendly sounding nickname Mike. If you want a more unique nickname, consider Mick, which has been popular in Ireland.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008