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This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Michele in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Michele:

  • Records indicate that 344 boys in the United States have been named Michele since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1969, when 82 people in the U.S. were given the name Michele. Those people are now 51 years old.

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      21 Positive Comments

  • "I am female and say my name is Michele one "l". My maiden name had 3 "l"'s. Also my dad writes it with the grave accent on the first "e". It is the feminine spelling and pronounced Me shell, not Muh shell. My family is French. I love the spelling and will correct anyone adding that other "l"." Jun. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Michele, I tell people when they ask one L or two, that I spell it with one L as my parents were too poor to afford the second L.That always seems to get a laugh. I am also Italian and my mother did say that I was named Michele as my Fathers name is Michael, so I am a dissappointed Michael as they were hoping for a boy !!" Apr. 29, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Michele with one L. This too is how I introduce myself @ times, most people get it since it seems to a common issue with the name." Jan. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele, but it's not pronouced Michılle. It's pronouced Mi-che-le or "Mikaylee." Michele is the Itailain form for "Michael." Even though I am a girl, in Italy, it is traditionally a boy's name. So, yeah. No one can ever get my name right. The funny thing is, is that "Mikaylee" is almost starting to become common, but no one spells it the traditional way because it looks like Michelle." Jun. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele and nobody spells it write even if I have wrote to them first and signed it Michele but I love being Michele with one L. Its different, I am gobsmacked its Italian as I was always brought up to beleive it was French! and that one L was the French spelling. Italian or French doesnt matter to me I LOVE IT and there isnt many people that say that! I just wish my father were alive to tell him what I have discovered tonight, Italian eh!" Nov. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Michele with one "L". I was born before the Beatles' song "Michelle" - so when I was in Liverpool at the Beatles museum at Albert Dock I told them that Paul McCartney called my mom and asked if he could write a song about me and then McCartney spelled it wrong. They loved the "joke". Our name means "God-like" because it's usually the female form of Michael - named for the Arch Angel. However, the French spell it with two "L"s. To have a french person pronounce our name correctly it requires an "accent grave" which looks like a backwards accent over our first "e" - Miche`le - my computer won't let me put the accent grave directly over my first "e", then the french will pronounce it correctly similar to Mademoiselle. So our name is correctly spelled with two "Ls" if you want the French to say it right. Michele is also a common male's name in Italy. Sometimes in France - Michel or Michele is used for a man. I think that should clear everything up. I love being a Michele with one "L" ! And yes, because of the Beatles there are lots of us now!! My middle name - Elizabeth means "Oath of God" - both unintentional - mom gave me Elizabeth - Dad gave me Michele - and they spelled it wrong. Kathy Lee Gifford's sister that was born in 1955 is also a Michele with one "L" and nicknamed "Mich" like I am." Aug. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Sons called Michele (Italian for Michael) although we spell it Michele we get everybody in England to call him Michael -because people dont say Michele properly in the UK it gets very irritating, it sounds beautiful in Italian." Jan. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a French spelling for the female name. This is my name. The French male name is "Michel."" Jul. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. Michelle is the French feminine variant of Michael and Michele is the Italian name for Michael. I used to wish I had a different name because I am of Italian heritage and didn't like having a French name but since I found out a couple years ago that my spelling is Italian I love my name. Never had any problems with people mispronuncing my name just have to clarify spelling." Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a female Michele and be it with one L or 2 LL's, it's still pronounced the same and therefore still bluddy common! :o( I wish there weren't so many Michelle/Michele's altogether...cos it's a nice name that's just gotten to common! The only thing about it being different is that it's irritating when people don't get the spelling right...even when it's right in front of them in emails! Grrr! I also agree with not being able to find my name's spelling on stationery etc. Very unfair!" Mar. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi!! My name is Michıle and everyone always spells it with 2 ll's and they pronounce wrong but i like my name!" Feb. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is the proper way to spell the name for a girl but also in Italian it is for a boy meaning Michael instead. Thanks to the Beatles it became very popular. Americans add another "L"." Dec. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "its a girl's name, but they always spell it with 2 L, or then think its pronounced michale or mitchel" Dec. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People call me the One L Michele. Since most people spell it Michelle." Aug. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm female and my name is "Michele with one L". It's funny, because even though it's pronounced the same as "Michelle", I think of it as being a completely different name!! It's neat having a common name with an uncommon spelling, because you can tell which of your friends actually listen to you when you get birthday cards, etc from them :) I don't mind my name, but I prefer my sister's name; it's Hilary. There's just so many names that end with "ele". I do however, find the meaning of the name really special; "Who is like God." There is sooo much meaning behind that statement." Dec. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Because of it's uncommon spelling, as a child, I was never able to find any barettes, bike lisence plates, pencils, notepads etc that had my name spelled right. It was devastating. People always spell my name with two L's, usually they pronounce it right. I haven't met too many other's with it spelled with one L." Oct. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele with one "L" also. No body ever spells it right, so I introduce myself as Michele with "L" and they don't usually forget." Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele. I am French, so poeple think I'm a boy until they see me. I guess I was given the name in honor of an uncle, good thing his name wasn't Jean-Paul!" Sep. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "hallo my name is michele, yes people often spell it wrong or ask if i would say it again. but i like my name is petty and unique, and in danmark people dont have that name. hehe" May. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Every teacher I had in school used to pronounce it "Michael" just because of the one "L". It's not that hard to pronounce, but for some reason everyone's mind goes blank when they see it." Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Michele; I should legally change it to "Michele-with-one-L". I've only met 3 Micheles in my 30yrs and only one spelt it with 1-L. I've always thought that the "male-French" version was spelt "Mishel".(?) I was very close to being named Michalena...I love being a Michele!!" Feb. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      23 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Michele. My grandfather was from France. I was told One l is the girls name and two l's was the male name in France. All pronounced the same way. I love my name." Feb. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Michele, the French version, because I felt the spelling of the name without the "e" at the end was a bit empty or unfinished:) I know it's unusual but we all love it and it suits his character." Sep. 25, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a "Michele" born in 1950. In my H.S.class of 1968 I was the only one (of either spelling) among over 500 girls, so I went from having a rare name to a very common one. My parents were Fr.Canadians and my husband is from France - they both say the single 'L' is correct, French-wise. I've always been called "Mickey". It's impossible for me to have an unbiased opinion on the name, whichever way it's spelled. I think it should be retired for at least half a century, along with Tiffany, Jessica, Katie, etc." Jan. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Michele one l. My father was in the army and decided to name his children with foriegn names, It was kind of rough growing up being a black child with that name kids were always asking if my parents wanted a girl DUHHH. Well any way now that I'm older people say that it's a pecular o well I decided to hang it on my oldest son, and he in turn named his eldest son after us so now there is a Michele Sr. Jr. and the III Go figure" May. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents named me Michelle in 1967 (born in the UK....female). I have always hated the fact that there were at least 3 of us in every class at school and i would also hate it when people would pronouce my name me-shell! Since the age of 17 i have been called Mitch... which i much prefer! I only get called Michelle now by doctors/council tax forms etc" Mar. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Michelle and the way how I spell it is with two "L"s. It is a french way of spelling it but I happened to live in the USA and I do happen to know others who have two "L"s as well." Aug. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Michele. It is correct as spelled, and is one of the forms for the name. The difference is that when there is only one consonant, which in this case is l, surrounded by two e's, the first e, must have an accent grave, to give that e the proper stress in pronunciation. When the name is spelled with two ll's, there is no need for an accent. Both are correct, they are simply spelled differently. I personally am happy to be a Michele with no Hell in my name..... :-) Michele" Jan. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Michılle, if you think its hard to find ornaments, and stationary with your name (one L) is harder, its harder when you have an accent and a y! :] plus people never think that I have an accent on the first e. My dad's the only person who ever says my name right, mi-shell not muhshell, I think it's because he's the french parent :) P.S. I dont think Michele with one L is that uncommon a spelling." Jan. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Michele with one 'L' is simply the wrong way to spell the name. It is a result of dyslexic fathers spelling the name wrong in the births register. The name is correctly spelt with two Ls and and justification for the one L spelling is simply unfounded. Regards, Androo." Oct. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a girl, and my name is Michele but it's pronouced 'Meh-kay-lee'. It's an Italian boy name, and I live in the US, so no one gets it right. but I still like my name." Oct. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always try to spell it with two l's until I tell them I have only one. Even then some people don't listen. I love my name the way it is and think of Michelle as a completely different name from my own, even though they are pronounced the same way." Feb. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele. I was told by a French teacher that the female form of the name is: Michele and the male form is: Michel. I always thought the Michelle's of the world were American. Now, I am not so sure. I am told by French-Canadians, Michelle is also common among francophones. Maybe it's a North American thing to spell it with two LLs. I don't know. I have never heard of it as being Italian before. I looked it up and some baby books say it's also Hebrew. Maybe a variant from the archangel, Michael?" Apr. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I love it. People often spell it wrong w/ two l's. They also mispronounce it: muh-shell instead of mi or me-shell" Dec. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name but i am a girl and my mom did not know that spelled with only one l it is the french form of micheal she just thought that she was making my name unique. i have come across many michelle's but never a michele" Aug. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Michele with one "L" and have found that if I say, "Michele with one L...three is no HELL" in my name. That usually does it to help them remember how to spell my name!" Feb. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Michelle is the the French way to write Michelle. Michele is an Italian man's name...." Nov. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I too am a one "L" Michele. I feel that it is feminine yet exudes strength. Many people spell it with two "L"s, but no biggie. I don't often meet other Michele's which is interesting in that it is not a very unusual name." Jun. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is also michele, i have also been told that michelle with two "L" is french. thefore what is my name, i have french bllod in me and therfore thought it was a french name, but hen i found out it is the way to spell a boys name? is this right????" Apr. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a lot of compliments for my name Michelle. One woman said she named her daughter Michelle because it is the most beautiful name and it means like God." Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "gosh... who ever said that the name Michele is unique? It is as common as muck.... Too many of them around....just like too many Michaels!" Mar. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele. I am a girl but I have only met French guys with this name." Dec. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is MicheLLe. Two L's. everyone always asks what my name is. When i say michelle they say "Two L's" and it's annyoing always saying yes. I hardly know ANY michelle's or michele's or anyone with that pronounciation. i've known like 5 michelle's in my whole life." Nov. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michele, and everyone usually spells it Michelle with two "L"s because that is the most comon way to spell it. I am also a girl, not a boy. I heard that my name with one "L" is the French way to say Michelle. Also my name is still pronounced the same as Michelle (mi-shell)" Aug. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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