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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Michael

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

A few facts about the girl's name Michael:

  • Records indicate that 19,180 girls in the United States have been named Michael since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1986, when 590 people in the U.S. were given the name Michael. Those people are now 35 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 Michael

    91% Approval Rating
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      10 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Michael. Growing up, my mom would say, "You'd better me good as people will always remember you." We named one of our daughters Michael and she's never complained." Apr. 6, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Today I was referred to as a Ma'am now I know why." Jan. 19, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name IS Michael and am 38 yr old female. I've always loved my name. I get called Mikey, Micah, Mike for short. I tell people, "DO NOT CALL ME MICHELLE!!" Now THAT IS an ugly name😷 My parents gave me a middle name of Leigh(pronounced Lee🙄), and since I was little, my entire family, that's what I am known as, Michael Leigh. I LOVE MY NAME 😍🥰" Nov. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Everyone forgets about the beautiful actress named Michael Michelle, mostly known for her roles in New Jack City as well as New York Undercover." Apr. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Michael as a girls name reminds me of Michael Burnham, a lead female character on "Star Trek: Discovery"" Oct. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've never heard of it considered naming a girl Michael...until recently. I'm currently 7 months pregnant with my first baby, a girl. My father passed away suddenly in June, and his name was Michael. Hubby and I quickly decided together to make this her middle name. I'm so happy to do this!!" Sep. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Loved Michael Learned in the Waltons! She totally rocked that name. I have a couple women friends of friends who are named Michael and they are smart, amazing women. It is also the name of a healing angel! I intend to use it as one of my professional pseudonyms." May. 1, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ny name is Michael and I am a female. I was born in 1975. While I have been asked some pretty stupid questions about my name throughout my life, all in all I embrace it. Later in life I have started spelling it Mykal to make it a little more feminine, but it still pronounced the same." Dec. 11, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, my name is Michael and I've always been female. My experience is there are a lot of ignorant and insensitive people out there. I've been insulted so many times and have dealt with some asinine comments. I love my name and would never change it. My middle name is Rhyan. Pronounced Ryan." Jul. 14, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sometimes teachers think its pronounced 'michelle'" Nov. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "It's a horrible thing to do to a child...naming a woman such that everyone will presume she is male until met in person and then still have to deal with the oddity of the perplexing choice. It is a feeble, selfish attempt by misguided parents intent on SJW goals of total androgyny progression among genders and absolutely shamefully ludicrous to subject one's own child to." Oct. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "I'm Michael and my daughter is Gary. Both named after our fathers" Jan. 29, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I will be 68 years old this year and I have proudly been Michaelle ( pronounced just like the man's name - note the "a") since birth. My maiden name was peculiar and offered no confusion, but my married surname has, in the past, been a fairly popular first name for females, so imagine the confusion. I cannot count the number of times people have tried to insist my name has been somehow inverted and insist that "Michaelle" MUST be my last name. It has certainly added colorful stories to my life! LOL" May. 20, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "[Case has left Chiba City, and] "found a girl who called herself Michael." - Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984) So did ST:D think they were being progressive or did one of the writers make an allusion to a literary classic?" Jan. 3, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes I am a woman named Michael and I love it. I do get funny looks when someone is reading my name and looking at me, but the most ridiculous, repeated question I get is .. ?Don?t you mean Michelle?? 🤦🏻‍♀️ I want to say- you?re right, I mispronounced my own name!" Jul. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Michael. I am a man but i think it is great as a girls name. The first time I heard it as such was in Star Trek and I think it is quality." Apr. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Michael here ^.^ Love my name Would never change it Born in April of 1998 16years and I still love it" Oct. 23, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "More common for boys than girls, but two female bearers of this name are actress Michael Learned, who played the mother of the Walton siblings in the 1970s TV series 'The Waltons', and Michael Steele, one of the four members of the 1980s all-woman rock quartet The Bangles." May. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I pronounce mine Mike-ol like the boy name but yes I am a girl" Jan. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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