This Russian variation of Michael was only ever slightly popular due to the prominence of Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet Union statesmen, and ballet dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov. It saw a very small spike leading up to the fall of Communist Russia, and was also the name of two Russian tsars, so the name is heavily tied to its homeland. It comes with the adorable nickname of Misha, so it’s a name to consider.


  • russian: Who resembles God


Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

USSR statemen Mikhail Gorbachev, Tsar Mikhail Kalashnikov, Tsar Mikhail Romanov