Michael

Michael - A popular male name



  Dec 10,2018      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Michael, meaning who is like God?, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #45. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Michael and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Michael? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Michael. The baby boy name Michael was given to 15,996 baby boys in 2012, ranking #8 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 103 baby boys were given this name - making this a popular male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Michael peaked in popularity 64 years ago in 1954 on position 1.



Famous with this name

Michael Pitt
Michael Tong
Michael Patric


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Michael is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Michael is currently topping the baby name charts in Delaware at position #1 - and is the least popular in Nebraska at position #37.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Michael is where you live.


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  • BabyNameScience.com - Baby Name ExpertA few moments ago
    Looking for a popular and unique name? Just because Michael is a popular baby name it doesn't mean that every other kid on the block will have the same name. In fact, assuming that little Michael goes to a school with 500 kids there will actually be less than 2 other boys in that school with the same name. Unique and popular!

Michael origin and meaning

Michael is a 7 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means who is like God?. To see famous people named Michael, pop culture references for the name Michael and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Michael

We've found the following names that sound similar to Michael, sorted by popularity.

Miguel / Micheal / Maxwell / Michel / Mikel / Misael / Mikael / Michelle / Mikhail / Mykel /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
20128
20116
20103
20093
20082
20072
20062
20052
20042
20032
20022
20012
20002
19992
19981
19971
19961
19951
19941
19931
19921
19911
19901
19891
19881
19871
19861
19851
19841
19831
19821
19811
19801
19791
19781
19771
19761
19751
19741
19731
19721
19711
19701
19691
19681
19671
19661
19651
19641
19631
19621
19611
19602
19591
19581
19571
19561
19551
19541
19533
19524
19514
19504
19495
19486
19477
19467
19459
19449
194310
194213
194116
194018
193918
193821
193727
193633
193541
193447
193353
193254
193155
193054
192954
192853
192752
192656
192555
192454
192350
192248
192147
192050
191946
191845
191744
191644
191543
191441
191342
191242
191140
191045

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New York1
Delaware1
New Jersey1
Maryland2
Rhode Island2
Connecticut3
Pennsylvania4
Florida4
Georgia4
Illinois4
Ohio5
Louisiana6
Massachusetts6
Michigan7
Arizona8
Montana8
Idaho8
Alabama8
Washington9
Alaska9
South Dakota10
North Carolina10
Virginia10
Texas11
Tennessee12
Arkansas13
California13
South Carolina13
New Hampshire13
Oklahoma14
District of Columbia14
Missouri14
Mississippi14
Kansas14
Hawaii16
New Mexico17
Colorado18
Indiana19
Nevada19
Wyoming20
West Virginia20
Maine22
Wisconsin25
Kentucky25
Oregon26
Utah28
Minnesota29
Vermont30
North Dakota31
Iowa36
Nebraska37

Even more about Michael


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Michael a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a popular male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Michael?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1954
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Michael
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 103
Letter count 7
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +15,996

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