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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Mikhail

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

A few facts about the boy's name Mikhail:

  • Records indicate that 215 boys in the United States have been named Mikhail since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1990, when 117 people in the U.S. were given the name Mikhail. Those people are now 30 years old.

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      16 Positive Comments

  • "Well it is one of my middle names and the least used. I was born in 1964 so I would say I am one of the older people with that name in the west. I actually didn't encounter anyone else with that name until about the year 2000. My two other names are common but my surname isn't so I can almost say with certainty that no one else in the world has my name in the order that the names are arranged. Uniquely named among 7 billion other residents!!" Nov. 29, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am currently 22 years old and as far as I could remember, people just cannot seem to pronounce it right. Not to mention spelling it correctly. In high school and primary school, teachers always seemed to get the spelling and pronunciation wrong. The most common of errors in pronunciation is that of calling in 'Miguel' or 'Mikel'. It annoys me to no end. And they always spell my name Mikale, Mickel or Mickale on first hearing it, even when I clearly enunciate how I want it to be spelt. As for me, I pronounce it as it should be which is Mi-kha-il." Oct. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is named "Mikhail", and people pronounce it every which way. I say "Mi-kha-eel" most of the time because that is technically the correct way to pronounce it, but even I slip up and call him "Mi-kale" quite a bit. There are a lot of nice Russian nicknames for it too. My favorite is "Mishka"." Jun. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Meekha and I am from Nepal. Among the different castes in Nepal- one is Newar. and Meekha means Eyes. I am an eye to my family-- so crucial hehhe....." Mar. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "actually yes as some one said this name is russian in fact and its not pronounced mi-ky-al it is actually pronounced mee-hi-eel the reason the words are put like that is because then you can understand the pronounciation of it it is actually a beautifull name and i am russian my self my real name is Dima and i love its russian as well but yes that is how you pronounce the name IN RUSSIAN but in english you would say it as either michael micheal haha sorry :D" Mar. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are planning to name our baby, if a girl, Mikhail Lynn. (Mi-Kale) I think its a very pretty name, something rather unique. My brothers name is Michael, so its a nice change up of his. Its a name we both fell in love with." Oct. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Mikhail, I love the name but our local mosque says its a name of an angle and a Muslim should not call his son Mikhail. Its only a name but not sue if i should change it or not." Sep. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I gave my son the middle name of Mikhail 21 years ago and for many years he did not use it. That all changed when he turned 18 and realized what a neat name it is. Now he uses it all the time. My husband still does not know how to spell it. I think it's great and very strong name." Aug. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mikhail is an amazing name. It has a great meaning too. I'm naming my baby brother and there's no doubt that it'll be Mikail." Mar. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a fan of uncommon names. I've met two people with the name Mikhail, a boy and a girl. When the time comes, I plan on using the name for a little girl and pronouncing it Ma-kale. It has a really strong presence and rings well." Dec. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Mikhail. People spell it wrong- Mikhayl, Mykale. He's only 5 months- I pronounce it different every time I say it just to see what I like best. My grandma calls him Miguel and it kinda irks me a little bit. I thought it meant 'gift from God', guess not! I love it tho! Mik-kale. Mee kha el. Me-hal." Apr. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "the name has a nice twist to it am hoping my sister will name her baby Mikhail for my sake." Feb. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mikhail. I was actually born in Mosocw at the time of Mikhail Gorbachev being the the president. My nationaltiy is indian though. And its true, people have a hard time pronoucning our names Mikhail, spelling it also. I pronounce my name as McKhayal. It sounds good to me, even though i know it should be pronounced as Mee-Khail. Oh well. I love my name. Its rare, i think, lol." Sep. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i name my son mikhail as is the name i got it from my dream and that very name appear on a kid jersy the very next day. Before he was born i tried to call him lots of name but he only repond by giving his baby kicks when i i called him mikhail." Aug. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have this name, and I am glad to have it. I have always found it nice to have a less common name, but it does have the side effect of people often butchering it. In fact, I think technically I mispronounce my own name. I am of Russian and Ukrainian descent, and I pronounce it as in Mik-kyle (with mik as in 'Mikky mouse'). I have heard people say Me-kyle, Mi-kale, and many more. Famous people with this name include Mikhail Gorbachev (Politician), Mikhail Bakunin (Anarchist), Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Once-billionaire/Yukos owner, now convict), and Mikhail Baryshnikov (Ballet Dancer (and yes, he is a male as well)). There is also the fictional character on the TV show 'Lost' named Mikhail Bakunin, whose name was based off of the real-life Mikhail Bakunin. I have never met others with the same name, however for such an uncommon name there are many billionaire businessmen with this name, and one major politician." Sep. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Going to name my son this name, hoping it confuses people I like less popular names." Sep. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "I am strongly considering naming my son Mikail. I want to make sure I know the proper Islamic way of pronouncing it. Currently, I pronounce it as my-kale." Jun. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We plan to name our girl Mikhail Brooke. We say it like me-kale.. Its a beautiful name and very uncommon where we live." Feb. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mikhail my parents named me after Mikhail Gorbachev i have always liked my name although here in NewZealand most people who know me call me micky and sometimes mik (i secretly despise being called that) i have only recently learnt that my name means in some cultures "Who resembles god" i like that alot as i have always had a deep seeded state for the not so much god but the word itself and the way it passes from One human to another. but yea i prefur for my name to be pronounced Ma-Kale but no one does." Aug. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "haveing this name is not that great because many people said it isn't even a names and I kind of find it in other person name Mikhail said the same thing that people are said that way." Dec. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend name is spelled Mikkel. And its pronounced MY-KEL." Sep. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is mikhail and hardly anyone knows how to spell it when i tell them my name for the first time. i've got spelling such as mikail, mickail.. 0_0... i guess its based on how we pronounce it. in fact, the name is a russian name which would mean michael, meaning he who is close to God. its actually pronounced, in russian as mi-ky-ale. one could even say that the 'h' in the sentence should not be silent and pronounced 'hi'. im seriously contemplating changing the pronounciation as here in Jamaica, the name has gotten quite common especially for those born at the time of mikhail Gorbachev's nobel peace prize for negotiating the end of the cold war." Aug. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. I thinks it's very rare. Makes me feel special. Lol" May. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name but I would pronounce the name as Mik-hail! Mee-khail is cute but it sounds a femine to me" Apr. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "mine is commonly pronounced by friends mee-kayl or my-kayl (kayl is like kayla without the a)" Jul. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I live in Jamaica, and my son has this name. People often mispronounce it "Mikayle". I think it's a strong name, and my son (5 years) always corrects persons who mispronounces his name - it's Mi - kha - il." Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mikhail (I've grown up saying it as Me-kale). I'm ambivalent as to whether I like it or not. No one can ever spell my name right and most of the time I'm called 'Me-kai-yul' by my teachers but everyone else usually calls me Me-kale. Everyone usually comes up with 'Mik' as a nickname eventually." Apr. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name. She loves it, but sometimes people do pronounce it wrong. Her twin's name is Micah (My-cah), so people pronounce her name My-Kail instead of Ma-Khail or Me-Khail. For the most part people say it correctly. It is a unique name that she loves." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name.Bad experiences with this name.People pronounce it wrong all the time like MI'KH'AAEL the islamic way of saying it.Is this wrong?" May. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Theres this Russian kid in my class whos name is that. He makes weird noises all the time." Apr. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is McKhail and is pronounced MICK-KALE. His grandma has trouble spelling it and sometimes his papa calls him My-Kel. But for the most part he is doing okay. It is very differ. Not to many of them and that is what I liked about it." Dec. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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