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Who is like God?
Etymology & Historical Origin - Micah
Micah is basically the same name as Michael, just with an old-modern twist. The name Michael is derived from the Hebrew word “mikha'el” which actually translates into a question: “Who is like God?” Yes, it seems odd to have a first name that basically asks a question; 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 (and thus Micah) 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. Aside from the clear association with Michael, Micah was also borne by a prophet in the Bible, in an Old Testament book that bears his name (dating from the late 8th century B.C.). Like his contemporary Amos, Micah rebukes the urban elite for their treatment of the poor. Micah becomes a fortune-teller of sorts (ok, a prophet) when his foresights are remembered later in Israel’s history (he sees a day when Israel and Judah will be destroyed). He is also important to Christianity’s early development when he foretells that the “King of the Jews” will be born in Bethlehem. Micah has been a favorite among the Jewish people, and then the Puritans picked up the name in the 17th century.
Popularity of the Name Micah
There were two things about the name Micah that surprised us. One, is that it’s considered a “unisex” name in America (we’ve always thought of Micah as distinctly male), and two, the name (for boys) only first appears on the U.S. popularity charts in 1959 (we would have guessed it’s been around longer than that!). The name Micah for girls is ranked very low; however, it’s still in use and has been since the late 1970s. For boys, the name Micah has gained a lot of ground since the mid-1990s and is currently dancing around the Top 100 list. It’s a unique, lesser used version of the ever-popular Michael. With its Biblical roots in the Old Testament, Micah is an ancient name that still feels contemporary and modern.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Micah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Micah
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Micah
Micah Clarke (Micah Clarke) Micah is the protagonist of Arthur Conan Doyles’ 1888 novel of the same name. Micah is a young peasant who joins in the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, aimed at overthrowing the Catholic king of England. He is a young and naïve boy looking for adventure at the novel’s start, who becomes a wiser, stalwart adult after many disturbing experiences in the failed rebellion. He also comes to the conclusion that religious extremism is as wrong as heresy, a belief that Sir Arthur himself espoused. He also felt that Micah was one of his finest characters, and rather resented the shadow that the great Sherlock Holmes cast over his other creations.
Popular Songs on Micah
Where Is Micah? - a song by Five Iron Frenzy
Children's Books on the Baby Name Micah
Scripture Stories with Micah: Stories from the New Testament for Children (James Rockenstein) - The greatest stories ever told are the stories of Jesus from the Gospels. They have captured the heart, mind and faith of countless millions over the centuries, and they can be retold time and again. Here, with love and a fresh approach, James E. Rockenstein faithfully retells these magical stories for children. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Micah
Famous People Named Micah - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Micah.
Children of Famous People Named Micah
Famous People who Named their Child Micah - Neil Diamond (musician); Robert Bly (poet/activist)
Micah - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures
Micah - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Micah.
Personality of the Unisex Name Micah
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Micah