Michael, mee-kha-AYL, מִיכָאֵל
Michael (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Michael (disambiguation).
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Pronunciation /ˈmkəl/
German: [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl]
Gender Male
Word/name Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎ / מיכאל‎ (Mikha'el)
Meaning "Who is like God?"
Nickname(s) Mike, Mick, Mikey, Mickey, Mickie, Micha, Mikki, Micki, Mitt, Miki, Miko, Mic
Related names Michel, Michaela, Michelle, Michele, Mickie, Miguel, Mihalis, Mikel, Mike, Mikey, Mikhail or Mihail (Михаил), Mykhaylenko, Mihai, Misha, Mitch, Mitchell

Michael /ˈmkəl/ is a male given name that comes from Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל‎‎ (Mīkhāʼēl, pronounced [miχaˈʔel]), derived from the question מי כאל mī kāʼēl, meaning "Who is like God?". In English, it is sometimes shortened to Mike, Mikey, Mickey, Micha, or Mick.

Female forms of Michael include Michelle, Michele, Michaela, Mechelle, Micheline, and Michaelle, although Michael is occasionally seen as a female name; women named Michael include actresses Michael Learned and Michael Michele. Another form is Mychal, which can either be a male or female name.

Patronymic surnames that come from Michael include Michaels, Carmichael, MacMichael, McMichael, Micallef, Michaelson, Mikkelsen, DiMichele, Mikhaylov, Mykhaylenko, Mikeladze, Michels, and Mitchell.

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