Girl Baby Name

Makayla

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Quick Facts on Makayla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 94
Pronunciation:
ma-KAY-lah
Simple meaning:
Who is like God?

Characteristics of Makayla

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Makayla

Makayla is a modern spelling variation of the name Michaela which is the feminized version of the male name Michael. Michael comes from the Hebrew word “mikha'el” which actually translates into a question: “Who is like God?” It seems odd to have a first name that basically asks a question, one would think. However, the question is thought to be rhetorical. The implied answer is clear: no one is like God. Therefore, the translation of the name Michael is often one of humility. Michael was one of the archangels who stood close to God and carried out His judgments, and as a protector of the ancient Hebrews. Michael was the chief leader of the angels who fought and defeated the dragon (i.e., the devil), hurling him from heaven. As such, he became of symbol of the Church Militant and a patron saint of soldiers. The name Michael conveys a sense of power, bravery and strength by its translated meaning; but also a symbol of humility expressed very simply by that question mark.

Popularity of the Name Makayla

American parents are unique in their spelling variations of popular names. Turning the more classical name of Michaela into Makayla is an example of this. Some feel that mutating a traditional name into a phonetic spelling is tantamount to “dumbing-down” the name, while others prefer the uniqueness they feel sets the name apart. In any case, Makayla is a relatively new spelling invention, first showing up on the U.S. popularity graphs in 1989. Clearly, parents found it an attractive alternative to Michaela because it rose pretty quickly to the top of the charts in 10 short years. Today, Makayla is a Top 50 choice for girls’ names. Another popular variation (Mikayla) popped up the same year and is the second most common spelling. The traditional spelling (Michaela) is in third place. Mckayla and Mikaela are also on the charts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Makayla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Makayla

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    Popular Songs on Makayla

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Makayla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Makayla

    How Makayla Passed the Presidential Physical Fitness Test (Serina Horton) - Nine year old Makayla wants to pass the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. With the help of her little brother, Jaylon, they make an obstacle course in their backyard to practice for the event. Through hard work and determination, Makayla passes this vigorous test. Recommended for ages 5-10.

    Makayla Cares about Others (Virginia Kroll) - Eight-year-old Makayla enjoys helping out others, so when her neighbor asks for assistance in planting a garden, Makayla is eager to help. One problem: she has a fear of bugs and other creepy-crawly things in the dirt! By remembering how her grandfather (who can’t eat sweets) takes her for ice cream because he knows she loves it, Makayla realizes what caring is all about. She must overcome her anxiety in order to help out her neighbor. The illustrations portray Makayla pondering the problem and overcoming her concern. This book is useful for discussing concern for others, but it also can stand alone as an enjoyable story. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Makayla

    Famous People Named Makayla

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  • Children of Famous People Named Makayla

    Children of Famous People Named Makayla

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    Makayla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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Personality of the Girl Name Makayla

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

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