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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Michael
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Michael in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Michael:
Records indicate that 4,272,976 boys in the United States have been named Michael since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 92,677 people in the U.S. were given the name Michael. Those people are now 59 years old.
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Comments about the name Michael
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82 Positive Comments
"My 7 year old brothers name is Michael and it's a common name but i really like it!
his nick names "Mi" (My) It's so cute!
i like the name :)" Nov. 7, 2014:
"My baby grandson has just been named Michael the third generation to have the name" Jul. 3, 2013:
"I am Michael also & I am happy to be called either Mike or Michael. The name has almost a musical sound to it & I have felt this way ever since I was a kid back in B'klyn, N.Y. In PS 130 in the 6th grade we had 5 Michael's in the class & it was comical having the teacher, Ms. Saperstein, try to remember all the Michael's last names. But anyway - I enjoy my name as much now as I did when I was a kid. Thank's Mom!" Nov. 30, 2012:
"I love this name, and someday want to name my first-born son it. :)" Jul. 24, 2011:
"Michael (Hebrew: Mikhail) means "one who is like the Creator" and specifically refers to the Archangel Mikhail. The Archangel Mikhail was the first creation. The name is not only a good name, it is an awesome responsibility. That it is a commonly given name does not at all mean that it's a "common" name. In fact, it's quite special! Wear it well." Mar. 4, 2011:
"My bropther is called Michael and he can spell properly." Feb. 2, 2011:
"My name Is michael, and im a girl. (: im from california , and i have never met a nother girl name michael. It does not stand for Michelle like in french . it is just michael. but everyone calls me mikey because it is just easier. My mothers name is Michelle. and her brothers name was michael. so she thought she would name me michael in memeory of him (:" Nov. 25, 2010:
"I love the name Michael because my darling is called Michael. Been together for 5 years I'm only 16 :D" Nov. 17, 2010:
"My name is Mike, I love it, I think I am better then most people because of my name!" Sep. 20, 2010:
"Its been a good name...cant complain. Too many others share it though...that kinda sux. Try having a name like Michael Benz you think is very uncommon...only to find out later in life through facebook there is friggin 15 or so us of with the exact same first and last name...now THAT my friends, suxors the big one one one!" Sep. 15, 2010:
"I love the name Michael, and if I'll ever get a son, that's what I'll name him. My biggest inspiration in life is Michael Jackson, a man of love and peace. I would easily name my son Michael without a doubt." Jun. 15, 2010:
"i like this name!
i know 16 Michael's ranging from 8 to 58.
it such a common name but i don't think it will ever be to overused.most i know go by mike or just michael,none go by mikey." May. 23, 2010:
"My name is Michael. I love my name. There is a very common misconception about what it means though. It means "who is like God?". But it is posed as a question not a statement. Michael does not mean god like or like god. It is more a statement of noone is like God. Think about the fear(loving reverence) that the arch angel michael has for the lord and how proud he is of his name saying to his master "none are like you" and how his name is a personification of the awe and majesty of god. That is why I like my name. And as far as Mike, Mikey or Michael it all depends on who is using it and our relationship." May. 4, 2010:
"Michael Jackson, Michael Jordon. Powerful name indeed. (:" Nov. 21, 2009:
"Michael is just a name ...............its hard if god has to come second !!!" Sep. 11, 2009:
"I just have one thing to say,you get dates because your my name because every Michael is very Cool,,,,work all my life I am fifty four" Sep. 10, 2009:
"My name is Michael and im not as old as any of you but at first I thought it was a unique name in maybe around Kindergarten through 4th grade then it started to get a bit dull but i was never called "Michael" ALways called Mickey which i liked to spell Micky because personaly i hate "e". I Now live my life being called Micky everywhere even at home, no one knows me as "Michael".
Theres just one other person in my class named Michael and everyone knows him as "Mike" hes my friend but does stupid things to act funny so i hate teachers calling me "Mike" because they know him from getting into a lot of trouble." Sep. 8, 2009:
"IT isn't my first name, it's my middle, but I've gone by it since I was a baby. All my friends say it suits me better than my first name John." Jun. 16, 2009:
"Perhaps the only thing wrong with the name is its shortening to 'Mick'. Though it has served as my 'name' for a lot of years, it will never be a true substitute for all that is 'Michael'. :)" May. 19, 2009:
""I would never name my child Michael. Its waaaayyyy too common. Be unique!" If you think a name makes him or you unique you are waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy idle." May. 12, 2009:
"my boyfriends name is michael he is so cute.his name totally fits him." Apr. 22, 2009:
"I'm named Michael. First in the family. Love the name growing up and still do. It's a very versatile name. Michael is regal and formal. Mike is friendly and casual. Mikey is cute and playful.
Everyone should have a friend named Michael, Mike or Mikey." Apr. 16, 2009:
"My name is Michael and it's the best male name on Earth. HAHA. I agree with many other remarks. It is a very powerful and regal sounding name. The actual meaning of it is great. I love the sound of it. I take pride in the name. I'm grateful for having the name Michael." Jan. 18, 2009:
"My Son is called Michael he is named after my father in law, to start with I was not kean on it but now I love it and it really suits him. Its a great name for a cute little boy or a very hansome man and what better meaning can a name have than "Who is like God", and as somebody else pointed out it's the name of an Archangel." Jan. 9, 2009:
"hi my name is michael and i would never change it if someone offered me a million dollars!!!" Jan. 6, 2009:
"My name is Michael, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm 18, and about to enter college. It is a very strong name, and girls love it. It sounds professional, and with a good strong name, you sound more intelligent right from the beginning. There are no baised first impressions unliike other names..."Well if that's what his parent's named him.. let's hope this apple did fall far from the tree"... I take pride in introducing myself as Michael." Jan. 5, 2009:
"Hmm, my Dad's name is Michael, and we call him Mike. I named my son after him but as a middle name, because it's very common. In High School I knew like 20 Mikes or Michaels.
At work I know 7 Michaels. There a lot of famous Michaels and Mikes: Jordan, Tyson, Phelps, Singletary, Ditka, Jackson, etc. You get the point. It's almost as common as John.
Overall, it is a nice name, that's why I named my son Michael, as a middle name, lol." Dec. 31, 2008:
"I am Michael! Who's this Jacob joker that's taken my place. I find it awfully conspiratorial that "he who supplants" has taken the #1 rank of "who is like God."
What happened? What happened in the 20s and 30s for name Michael to rapidly rise from 52nd place to 35th; then to 9th and 2nd in the 40s and 50s; and finally to achieve and hold 1st place from the 60s and 70s until about the end of the millennium (1998); only to lose 1st place to our rival Jacob in 1999. Curiously, Jacob jumped from 346th place to 79th from the 60s and 70s, in same decades that Michael had claimed 1st. Jacob's rapid rise in the 90s eventually supplanted Michael from the throne.
It's a conspiracy! Michael will return and reclaim his rightful place! There can be only one... uh, number one." Dec. 20, 2008:
"I think this is the most beautiful name in the whole wide world...Michael. It is also manly...and Mike is a great nickname. When I think of a Michael I think of an attractive, intelligent man." Dec. 7, 2008:
"my name is michael and im pretty sure all michaels are straight up badass and the name it just rolls off the tongue." Nov. 3, 2008:
"In the past year I have dated 3 guys with the name Michael. One went by Mike, another one Mikey, and the last just Michael. I love the name. It means gift from God and my bf certainly fits that. If I were to marry Michael, Michael Jr. is a name I wouldn't mind naming my son" Oct. 16, 2008:
"In the past year I have dated 3 guys with the name Michael. One went by Mike, another one Mikey, and the last just Michael. I love the name. It means gift from God and my bf certainly fits that. If I were to marry Michael, Michael Jr. is a name I wouldn't mind" Oct. 16, 2008:
"i 'm going to name my son Aichael ..sound like michael but it's different . i just wanted a name to begain with A. I like michel too but it's way too common! and also that I'm from italy and the name will automatically pronunced michele and i hate that name !!" Aug. 13, 2008:
"I love the name, and its mine, I wouldent trade it for the world. My closest friends call me me Mike, but any formal papers or anything that turely matters I will forever be Michael." Aug. 8, 2008:
"My fathers name was Michael and he passed away from Colon Cancer, when I have a daughter I wanted to call her Micah after him but my husband does not like Micah for a girl. What other names originating from Michael could you call a girl?
Love the name Michael...." Aug. 8, 2008:
"i dont know many michaels. B ut the ones i do know are generally quiet and very intelligent, knowingly blessed with gods name." Jul. 11, 2008:
"i dont know many michaels. B ut the ones i do know are generally quiet and very intelligent, knowenly blessed with gods name." Jul. 11, 2008:
"my name is michael. its a very regal sounding name. king of kings, and he who is like god. i like it, and i would never change my name, it has history. riches, intelligence, glory, and belong to michaels over the ages..." Jun. 26, 2008:
"it is a awsome nice name that everybody likes if you dont like it you dont know enything and your wierd" Jun. 15, 2008:
"My name is Michael and I love it. Once you get older and realize you are named after an Archangel it gets much better 8)" Jun. 11, 2008:
"Michael means who is like the Lord. it is a good name. am proud of my name. thanks be to God, my dady and mum for giving me such a name." Jun. 4, 2008:
"Solid name, easy to pronounce; and, even if there Are a number of Michael's in the world, every Michael Is different. It is a Spiritual name...what more could one want then a name to aspire to?" Apr. 11, 2008:
"a spiritual name. people who know script say my name with respect. my father was going to name me patrick because of the irish background of my mother but because i am a blincoe( scottish origon) he decided on michael." Mar. 16, 2008:
"a spiritual name. people who know script say my name with respect. my father was going to name me patrick because of the irish background of my mother but becaus i am a blincoe he decided on michael." Mar. 16, 2008:
"Michael is the name of the love of my life...I met him 18 years ago at my first Sigma Chi Fraternity party, I was a Chi Omega Pledge. Michael is now my darling husband..." Nov. 10, 2007:
"It's one of the most pleasant sounding names I know of. It certainly creates difficulties though. If you're a Michael, you'll hear your name called out all the time, turn your head, and realize, oh, it's another Michael. Also, going to school was awkward, with an average of 3 of us in each class through the 80's and 90's." Jul. 11, 2007:
"My name is Michael, it's far too popular, but for good reason." Jul. 7, 2007:
"My opinion? Michael is such a common name, I mean, Everyone knows a Mike.
Except me. I haven't knew a Mike or Michael since school. Michael is just the type of name you'd expect a good kinda guy to have. Someone you want around in emergencies.
Anyway, I had no luck finding a friend called Mike. So I changed my name legally to Michael." Jun. 27, 2007:
"I named my son Michael because I always wanted a Mikey, but for some reason I cant stand the name Mike which is inevitably what he will be called when he is older haha. Hopefully people will still call him Michael or Mick. He looks just like Mick Jagger as a child too how funny is that!" May. 2, 2007:
"My brother's name is Michael and I love it. My Mom chose the right name for him." Apr. 20, 2007:
"michael is my brothers name and i no he loves it so he would never change it and i no that it is clinically impossible too so yeah!" Apr. 4, 2007:
"More of my friends and acquaintances are named Michael than anything else. I like the name very much. It's a beautiful, friendly, solid name. So is the shortened form, Mike." Mar. 28, 2007:
"In a book of names I have "Michael" means "like christ". My grandfathers name is that. It's a coincidence because my grandfather was born in a barn. ^_^" Mar. 17, 2007:
"I am a Michael, and do not like to be called Mike. Mikes are all over the place, but Michaels are less common." Feb. 22, 2007:
"michael is a very cute name and it sounds really cute ....my brothers name is michael" Jan. 2, 2007:
"loved the name so much I named my youngest Michael." Nov. 12, 2006:
"This is my name and I've meet so many people with this name but you will be surprised how many people spell it wrong insted of Michael they spell it Micheal which is son irritating." Nov. 8, 2006:
"With the meaning, "God-like" few people with the name 'Michael' actually suit it. I know of at least one, however." Nov. 1, 2006:
"My Name is Michael!And I looooooove it. I feel bad for you guys that aren't named Michael." Oct. 19, 2006:
"mY WHOLE FAMILY IS mICHAEL! My dad is Michael,my brother is anrew michael, my other is brent michael, my sister is michaella and im michelle!" Sep. 26, 2006:
"awesome name, if it's good enough for an arcangel it's good for any man" Sep. 10, 2006:
"I am called Michael. People always call me Michael Jordan or Jackson. Cool name and it is a good name....like god? I just knew it after I browse this web!" Sep. 6, 2006:
"Such a strong masculine name.....promotes a great image! Has a pretty sound to it too...I love it!" Jul. 23, 2006:
"its my name and i love my name but my nick names are better" Jun. 17, 2006:
"People always spell it like Micheal, but i don't care. And some of my friends call me mike, one kid even calls me mikey. But i just have to say that Michael is an awesome name. No matter how you spell it." May. 27, 2006:
"Michael actually means, "one like God" in Hebrew. Yeah...Michael's are pretty much Gods...Yeah!" Apr. 30, 2006:
"a name any boy or amn would be proud to have, common, or not." Apr. 17, 2006:
"wow, you all really need to get a life - commenting on names." Apr. 16, 2006:
"This is the best name in the world. Al the gretas are named Michael including Myself." Apr. 6, 2006:
"Everyone spells it wrong. It's either Michel, Micheal or even Michal." Mar. 9, 2006:
"lora is a better name, but mike works....why do you people write on this website...get a job" Feb. 26, 2006:
"It is a great name but sadly, too overused. And hey...what's wrong with Mike Jackson. I dated a man with that name...there are other Michael Jackson's out there, not just the singer." Jan. 23, 2006:
"Wonderful name it is a shared name in my family. Dad brother cousins all share a great name. and Mikey is perfect for a lil boy" Jan. 16, 2006:
"I believe the name michael is a awsome name. My brothers mane is Michael and it truly fits him. When i have my first son i wnat to name him after my brother because we've been through so much togeather so why not. Love you Bro" Jan. 9, 2006:
"Great name....this was my brother's name and he was nicknamed mikey" Jan. 2, 2006:
"Michael is a beautiful name, not only because of the way it sounds, but because of its biblical meaningưWho is like God. Michael is the Spirit of God who came in Jesus and also the Spirit that has come again in human flesh, bringing deliverance to whoever will receive Him." Dec. 24, 2005:
"My boyfriend's name is Michael. We call him Mike for short. I didn't know the meaning of it until now and he is like a god to me so the meaning fits him well!" Nov. 24, 2005:
"I named my son this name because it was a storng name. I loved what it meant because when I researched it I found that it meant sent from god or like god. I thought that very appropriate for what I was feeling when I was pregnant and how I feel even now. He is my own little angel. The only problem I have with it is that people will try to shorten it to Mike or Mikey and I will not allow this. He was named Michael so that I could share my joy in the gift I was given and I will not allow any one to take that feeling of happiness in his name away from either of us." Nov. 19, 2005:
"Michael is wonderful. Mike, Mick, Mickey and Mikey are NOT!
How does Mike Jackson sound?
Or Mike Jordan?
Michael Mouse !
Remember Mike Brady ??" Nov. 12, 2005:
"One of very few names suitable for a little boy as well as a grown man." Aug. 28, 2005:
"Great name here in Ireland. Kinda traditional now. My son is Michael after his great-great gradfather." Aug. 4, 2005:
"I love this name! It's so popular because it's such a great, strong, masculine name."