Boy Baby Name

Miguel

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Quick Facts on Miguel

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 133
Pronunciation:
mee-GEHL
Simple meaning:
Who is like God?

Characteristics of Miguel

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Miguel

Miguel is the Spanish and Portuguese form of the name Michael. It is derived 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 Miguel is often one of humility. Miguel was one of the archangels who stood close to God and carried out His judgments, and as a protector of the ancient Hebrews. Miguel 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 Miguel 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 Miguel

The name Miguel has been steadily increasing on the U.S. popularity charts over the past century. Its amplified usage can be traced against the increasing Latino/Hispanic population in the United States, which has gone from 15 million in 1980 to 50 million in 2010. It is interesting to note that traditional Spanish names are falling on the charts ever-so-slightly in very recent years, however. As second and third generation Hispanic-Americans assimilate into American society, they appear to be leaving their Spanish names behind them. It’s a trend just starting to appear in sociology studies, but we wholeheartedly embrace the Spanish/Portuguese versions of names for their beauty and poetry.
Popularity of the Boy Name Miguel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Miguel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Miguel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Miguel

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

  • Popular Songs on Miguel

    Popular Songs on Miguel

    Miguel - a song by Gordon Lightfoot

    San Miguel - a song by the Beach Boys

    San Miguel - a song by the Kingston Trio

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Miguel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Miguel

    …And Now Miguel (Joseph Krumgold) - He wanted to be treated like a man, not a child. Every summer the men of the Chavez family go on a long and difficult sheep drive to the mountains. All the men, that is, except for Miguel. All year long, twelve-year-old Miguel tries to prove that he, too, is up to the challenge, that he too is ready to take the sheep into his beloved Sangre de Cristo Mountains. When his deeds go unnoticed, he prays to San Ysidro, the saint for farmers everywhere. And his prayer is answered . . . but with devastating consequences. Recommended for ages young adult.

    How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay (Julie Alvarez) - How Tia Lola Came to Stay is a delightful story about a 10-year old boy going through major changes in his life and how he learns to deal with these changes. Miguel has moved to a small town in Vermont from New York City because his parents are getting a divorce. His mother has a new job as a counselor at a college, and Miguel and his little sister, Juanita, have to start a new life with her. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maya & Miguel (Crystal Velasquez) - With a different sizzling story on either side of this chapter book, find out how Maya and Miguel REALLY feel about each other when the chips are down! Part of a series. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Miguel

    Famous People Named Miguel

    Famous People Named Miguel - Miguel Cabrera (baseball player); Miguel de Cervantes (novelist); Miguel Ferrer (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Miguel

    Children of Famous People Named Miguel

    Famous People who Named their Son Miguel - Carme Chacón (politician); Rosemary Clooney (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Miguel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Miguel - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Miguel.

Personality of the Boy Name Miguel

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 - Miguel

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