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Quick Facts on Michelle

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 168
mi-SHEL or mee-SHEL
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Michelle

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Michelle

Michelle is the feminine form of Michael (Michel). Michele (with one “L”) first achieved popularity in France and English speakers eventually adopted the name in the 1940s. The Anglicized version of the name became Michelle. The word "Michelle" is of Hebrew origin meaning "resembles God". In Italian it means "like the Lord". So the word Michelle is popularly understood to have a strong linkage with God. In the Bible, Michael was an archangel who appeared in Daniel's vision as "the great prince" who defended Israel. In the Book of Revelation, he led the armies of God to victory. In Roman Catholicism, Michael is the patron saint of death, Germany, grocers, police officers, and radiologists. Currently, the name remains popular in English and French speaking countries mainly.

Popularity of the Name Michelle

According to the Social Security Administration, both the names Michele and Michelle show up in the Top 1000 for the first time in 1938. Michele (the French form) drops off the Top 1000 in 2001 when it achieved a final ranking position of 861st most popular girls name. Michelle, the Anglicized version, has held strong on the Top 100 list of most favored girl’s names until very recently. Michelle’s heyday came in the late 1960s and persisted through 1980, during which time the name held a spot on the Top 10. In the late 60s and early 70s, the name was fueled in part by the popular Beatle’s song “Michelle” (released in 1966). Michelle remains persistently popular, although after four decades in the Top 100, in 2008 it finally inched out of that honor.
Popularity of the Girl Name Michelle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Michelle

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Michelle

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Michelle

    Michelle We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Michelle.

  • Popular Songs on Michelle

    Popular Songs on Michelle

    Michelle - a song by The Beatles

    Michelle - a song by Lynard Skynard

    Michelle - a song by The Supremes

    Michelle Post - a song by Hootie and the Blow Fish

    Michelle's Farm - a song by Beastie Boys

    Michelle's Song - a song by Elton John

    My Michelle - a song by Guns ‘n Roses

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Michelle

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Michelle

    Michelle Kwan: My Story - Heart of a Champion (Michelle Kwan) - At 16, Californian Michelle Kwan claimed the women's World Champion crown in figure skating. A bright and appealing role model for kids and adults alike, her story is one of hard work and true achievement. Full-color photos. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Michelle Obama: An American Story(David Colbert) - Michelle Obama grew up on Chicago's South Side, and while the world outside her door was chaotic and ever-changing, her family provided a stable environment in which she could grow and flourish. This look at Michelle Obama's life and the turning points that shaped her shows how a girl from a working class background could rise to become one of the most influential women of her day. But this is more than a straight chronological retelling. This book looks at Michelle Obama's life story within the context of the larger movements in African American history: slavery, freedom, the Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights movement, and finally, her own era. History is what has shaped Michelle and challenged her. And ultimately, not only has she overcome any obstacles put before her, she has carved out her own place in history as well. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Michelle

    Famous People Named Michelle

    Famous People Named Michelle - Michelle Obama (U.S. First Lady); Michelle Phillips (singer); Michelle Pfieffer (actress); Michelle Williams (actress); Michelle Wie (golfer); Michelle Trachtenberg (actress); Michelle Kwan (figure skater)

  • Children of Famous People Named Michelle

    Children of Famous People Named Michelle

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Michelle - Anne Rice (author); Charles Durning (actor); John Mellencamp (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Michelle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Michal from the Bible - The Biblical woman named Michal is a Hebrew name pronounced like Michael but another variation of Michelle. She was the daughter of King Saul of Israel from the Bible (book of Samuel), who fell in love with David. When her father ordered the death of David, Michal saves his life, and is eventually returned to him as his wife. Later, King David reigns over Judah and ultimately becomes the King of Israel. The Biblical story of Michal is often referred to as “Michal and the Dancing King”. She becomes angered by the sight of her husband dancing before the Lord “with all his might” as he brought the Ark of the Covenant to the newly-captured Jerusalem in a religious procession. As punishment for her criticism, she is made barren and dies childless. It is not clear if the punishment is exacted by God or David.

Personality of the Girl Name Michelle

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Michelle

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