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Michelle

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Origin: French
Meaning: Feminine of Michael

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Michelle

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Michelle in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Michelle:

  • Records indicate that 799,963 girls in the United States have been named Michelle since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1969, when 34,313 people in the U.S. were given the name Michelle. Those people are now 48 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


     

    Comments about the name Michelle

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      34 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Michelle and I love it. I appreciated reading all the above comments. I too love the cute nicknames and I too get called Melissa. It's true, most Michelles are pretty!" May. 24, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1987 and ALWAYS have another Michelle around. I too have people sing Michelle to me all of the time which is sometimes fun, sometimes annoying. The best was grade 9 french class when my teacher doing roll call broke out and did the entire song for me! I seem to get called Melissa quite a bit which I find really annoying. Even if I just told them my name is Michelle or if they are holding something with my name written on it they still go for Melissa. I get nicknames from friends and family like Mimi, Mishy, Misha, Mike, Meeshmeesh... I like them all :)" Jun. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle Ann. I think my name is very normal but I'm extremely happy I wasn't named Jessica, Emily, Emma or Alex, all of which are way to over used. I grew up with a few Michelle's, but never anyone who was "run of the mill". I was never picked on because of my name. My Dad would not budge on the name, as my mum tells me - he is a big beatles fan! If choosing "Michelle" for your daughter I say go for it!" Apr. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom named me this cause of the masculine form for micheal my freinds call me shell shelly mishelly and elle" Jan. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name...very common but cute..for some reason i dont get people spelling it wrong they just read it and say Melissa..whats that about..they dont even sound the same." Nov. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle Lynne, my best friend's name is Michelle Lynn, and I grew up with another Michelle Lynn (atleast my spelling is more unique haha) and have another close friend named Michelle, but anyway, I've never met a Michelle I didn't like. It's common but not as much so as other names. I think overall, Michelle is a beautiful, but simple name that will never go out of style." Jun. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and I like it. My maiden name was French, so I had a very french name growing up, which I always liked. My friends and family call me Shell." Feb. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Michelle. It's my mom's name, my middle name and my daughter's middle name. It is also the female form of Michael, which is my children's father's name." May. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes! love my name. its just so me! what is special about this name is that it is unique and common at the same time! true i was born after the beatles song but my dad wanted a michael jr even if i was a girl. lol! but growing up with always at LEAST 1 other michelle in my class EVERY year each one of us had our own identity and yet we stood out when it counted. i love my name its very classy, fun, sensual, and empowering." May. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle - Roxanne. I was born in 1971. I love both my names and i consider them both as fabulous." Jan. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and I was born in 1966, the year after the Beatles hit song. There were five Michelle's in my high school graduating class. My mother said she chose the name because it was unique...not quite. For the first 26 years of my life I went by the nickname "Shelley". Then one day I thought, I"m to old for this and went back to using Michelle. I think it sounds more sophisticated. My husband, who has only known me as Michelle, thinks it's a sexy name. I like being a Michelle!!!" Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is easy to pronounce, so when people say my name I dont have to correct them. It easily pairs up with other names, and its beautiful(i think). MICHELLE ROCKS!" Aug. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names michelle and people call me michyy or mich. i love the new nicknames people call me cause it says that theres more to the name then there is." Jun. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name and i like that you can call her like chelly or chellz or mickey i like this name" May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother named me Michele in the early 50's. As you can see she was ahead of her time and ahead of the Beatles. There were NO Michelle's when I was growing up. Everyone was Janice, Debbie, Lisa, Linda. When I was well into my 20's all the "little Michelle's" started appearing. Too bad. I wanted to keep the name to myself! It's a great name!" Mar. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is michelle and i love my name but hate that beatles song had a couple of boyfriends try to sing it to me so that could be why im not to kean to hear the originl song. i know plenty of michelle's but im the best out of all of them. when i was growing up i got called mickey. yep just like the song "hey mickey" some kids at school would sing the whole disney thing to me "m i c k e y m o u s e" not funny man. but the name is cool." Mar. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When we wanted to name our daughter this name we wanted her to be a bit more special and changed the spelling somewhat - Mishael. We find the easiest way to explain how to spell it is by saying it is Michael with a S! She affectionally goes by Shell-Belle" Nov. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and I love it!! I feel like I belong, I didn't meet another black Michelle until a few years ago but thats ok with me too!. I love this name, i've never been confused with Micheal or anything its great ahd the only person who spells my name with one L is my grandma and thats bcuz when i learned to spel it i apelled it wrong and she watched me...lol" Nov. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and I go by Mich, or Meesh, or Mitch, and I loooove it" Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and I always liked it. I didn't have to many other classmates growing up with my name." May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, and I love it. Like the other Michelle's, I can relate to people singing the Beatles song and I hate it when teachers get my name wrong and call me Michael, but other than that it really is a pretty name. Most of my family calls me Shel and I like that too, but I can't stand it when people call me Mish or Mitch." Apr. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it. I picked it myself when I was 15. I became a Christian when I was 18 and then I found out later on, it means "who is like God?" Looking back, I know now why I loved and picked the name. It is no accident. Meeting and knowing Jesus is the best thing ever in my life." Feb. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's cute. And yes, you automatically have an awesome Beatles song with your name!" Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is michelle i love it ! you can have so many nick names e.g. mic.mich.shell.chelle.elle.missy.micky and LOTS more" Oct. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father actually named me after the Beatles song Michelle... We even chose to dance to it at my wedding... I was born in 1981 and have tons of friends who are also named Michelle, lol... I love my name!" Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents named me Michelle after the Beetles song. I see from this chart that the name was very popular in the 1970's (I was born in '73). That explains why there were always so many other girls my age with the same name. I my fifth grade class I was one of four Michelle's. But it is my name I have had it my whole life so I can't imagine being anyone else." Jun. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and i really like it. It's not too plain and not too outrages and suits you from when your a baby to when you have grand-babies." Apr. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle, and I love it! I've had many nicknames, including Chelle, Shelly, Mickie, and Meesh. People tend to spell it wrong (with one L), but luckily they know how to pronnounce it! The worst thing about having my name is... you guessed it-- the Beatles song. It's always men who sing it to me, and they always think its very funny, like they are the first to think of it." Mar. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I went to school with a Mitchel, a Michael and a Micheal - that was hard!!! Apart from that I only knew 2 other Michelle's when growing up but have found more people with the name as I've gotten older. I also have people sing "Michelle" to me which got old about 20 years ago but apart from that, I can't fault it. Although I do shorten "Michelle" to "Chelle" but half my friends call me "Mish"." Dec. 12, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandfather named me after Michelle Lee, the actress. I love the name, it's just a pain that no one ever spells it right and people always sing that beatles song to me. Other than that it's great:)" Aug. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is spelled Michille, not pronounced any differently and I LOVE it! Takes a very common, popular name and gives it a unique twist. In all my 36 years, I've NEVER met another with the same spelling." Aug. 12, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! I spell it Michelle and prefer that spelling to all others. My child hood nick name was "Missy". I graduated with about 220 students in 1986 and there were about 22 Michelle's in my graduating class that year." Jul. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is MIHAELA witch is Croatian variant of Michelle... and I like it because it is not common" Jun. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was a very unusual name in England when my parent's named me in 1964 after a French actress. The Beetle's then brought out the song and it became common....unfortunately!" May. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "my sisters name is michelle....and i only ever knew one other michelle...i like the name but no that much!" Oct. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle, no problem other than I get called Melissa a lot, by people that may have only met me once before.........." Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      29 Neutral Comments

  • "I'm Michelle...an amalgamatian of my mum's maiden name and my dad's favourite beatles track. Only 2 michelles while i was at school and now my daughter's middle name and as totally unique and as beautiful as she is. We are smart, we are beautiful and i don't care hat anyone else thinks as like them, we're entitled to our opinion but ours is right ;-)" May. 11, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Michelle how in 1957 at that time I had hardly heard of it how popular was this name then" Jul. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and my friends call me Elle :p" Jul. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "people keep calling mish and mikayla and all sort of weird names i like the nickname mikey but people call me micky mouse and i HATE that nickname. i like my name but its to long and thats what my dad named me but i want to be called mikey renae barb and if people want the can call me by my real name." Nov. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Michelle, I don't mind it, I figure I could have been named a heck of alot worse. Like everyone else I was always called Michelle followed by my last names initial from grade 7 onwards. Even at my work today I am Michelle B and then there's Michelle R.....Oh well, my dad wanted me called Agnes, so I'm glad my mom won the name game.." Aug. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Mother named me Michelle in the mid 50's. In my class of 700 there were only 3 Michelle's. Everyone always read it as Michael. I've gotten used to spelling it out all the time. Mother did not like nick-names, none for me." Aug. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I too am a Michelle, Michelle Lynn in fact. I too was born in 1971 (post Beatles song whom I adore)and grew up with many Michelle's in school and every related "elle" imaginable (i.e. Rochelle, Nichelle, Roselle, Richelle). Formerly I go by Michelle but my family and close firend call me 'Chelle' or Michaelyn (first and middle which was also common. I love name and find it fits me. I find it feminine and sexy and yet strong when you consider its spiritual relation to Michael (the Archangel). And am proud to share with the First Lady, Michelle Obama. I'm sure there will be a resurgence of it." Jan. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's michelle and i actually find it kinda boring. I love unique names and michelle is not at all. It's so common! I guess i've accepted it as my name. Friends call me mitch!" Jan. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, Michelle. Where i live, in Italy, this name is quite unique. I love the Beatles's song, but somehow i don't like it when people sing it to me...maybe because they don't sing it that well...lol. I think Michelle is a really elegant name. I don't care how common it it, i like it. Whoever said you can't spell it Michel, is definitely wrong. You can spell it like that, especially in France, this is how you spell it." Sep. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and people always sing that song michelle my belle by wyclef. They would even say michelle, theres a little hell in michelles." Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOVE the name Michelle; my very best friend's name is Michelle! I've known 2 others; one at my school and another is a friend of my mom's. But Michelle truly is a pretty name; even prettier when matched w/my friend! GO MICHELLE!" Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Shaune Myshell and it really goes well together....something a little different and it really fits her." Dec. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Michelle (she's 3 mos old). I had a massage instructor who was happy, calm, intelligent, graceful, and she knew what she was doing... I think her name helped instill that. Looking at Michelle Piffier and Michelle Williams in addition to that, I see the same qualities. She is very graceful with her hands and expressions, and I think she will add to the respect the name Michelle infers." Nov. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't like how i have to clarify the spelling of my name. But I do enjoy being able to have a variation of nicknames like Shelly, Missy ( though usually for the name Melissa I adopted it anyways! ) and etc. I especially do not like that Michelle is common." Oct. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name and I love it. As others have indicated it's so versatile and a very pretty name. I don't care that it's popular, I'd rather be Michelle than some other weird name, plus I just love hearing non-English speakers pronounce it." Aug. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love my name and when they sing "Michelle my Bell" to me. I don't know too many accept my sister-in-law. My nick name is "Mitchie" which suits me fine unlike Shelly which sounds to sissy for me! I did not care for it as a young child because I was called "Michelle Mud Turtle". I heard it was a book...does anyone recall???" Jul. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle and I like it for the most part. I get called Micky, Shelly, Shell. Lots of people spell it with only one "L" like Michele. And, even at the office, clients will call me Michael, which I don't like. I figure everyone ought to know this name by now.. Thanks to the Beetles... which I don't mind either, since the words mean "Michelle, my beutiful."" May. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle, and I dont really like it, it is WAY to common. I know like 1294994 girls named Michelle. ok not that many. but i know a Michelle A, Michelle B, Michelle C, Michelle D ..want me to continue?" Feb. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is michelle and im popular and everyone loves me!!!" Jan. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had almost forgotten about that, until you made the "Michael" comment up there- it was ridiculous how many Valentines I got addressed to Michael in elementary school! There are lots of Michelles around now too- my roommate and I were both named Michelle; I lived with her for two years. I think that's why I became friends with so many Michelles in the first place, including that one: something in common right off the bat!" Nov. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Michelle is too common. I hear it alot. It over used. No one ever spells Michelle right. They want to spell it Michele or Michel.Both wrong. It is pretty but needs a rest." Nov. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I haven't met very many other people named Michelle. Mine's spelt M-i-c-h-e-l-l-e. The only annoying thing about it is you can't get a nickname out of it. My friend Brianna calls me Mickey, and my cousins call me Mich or Michy, which I don't like beign called. kthanksbye." Sep. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't really like the name Michelle because I have had some really bad history with two people named Michelle" Aug. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Michelle, and I love my name. It's not as popular as it was years ago so I know few people, my age that have the name Michelle. Some of my teachers sing the Beatles' song. But that's ok." Jun. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I can't say I'm thrilled with the name. I was born in the early 1970's. In my classes half the girls are named Michelle and the other half are named Jennifer...OK I'm exaggerating. But seriously, my freshman year in college, 5 out of 15 girls living on my hall were named Michelle. It made things way too confusing. It was too popular at that time. Take note for all those contemplating the "it" name of the year. It's not so much fun to have a really popular name." Apr. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is michelle and i hate it...everyone is namd michelle..." Apr. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michelle. the correct way to say it is [(Meh-Chelle)]people usaully pronounce it as [(Machelle)] which sounds very ugly. The name michelle means to never give up, the be popular, and moody." Dec. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a variant of the name (mAchelle)and no one ever spells it right. I like my way cause it's a bit more different" Jun. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "the name is pretty common in C.A. i love it i think its a pretty name. there are only 2 bad things about it. the first one is you get all these old men that sing you the beatles song. the other is no one ever knows how to spell it, they spell it micheal. so thats the bummer, but overall a great name!" May. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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