Quick Facts on Mikaela
- Hebrew, Nordic
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Who is like God?
Characteristics of Mikaela
Etymology & Historical Origin - Mikaela
Mikaela is the Scandinavian and Finnish spelling of Michaela, which itself is the female equivalent of the masculine name Michael. The name Michael originated 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; however, the question is considered rhetorical. The implied answer is clear: no one is like God. Therefore, the translation of the name Michael is often one of humility. In the Bible, Michael was one of the archangels who stood close to God and carried out His judgments. He was also 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. Michaela became highly fashionable in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and so it eventually spread to other European countries. The traditional German pronunciation is four syllables (mi-khah-E-lah), but in America people have a tendency to pronounce it with three syllables (mi-KAY-la). This is normal since different languages have different sound interpretations. Mikaela (swapping the “ch” for a “k”) is the traditional spelling in Finland, Sweden and other Nordic countries. In France, the name is Michéle.
Popularity of the Name Mikaela
Mikaela first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1989 following the more popular (and more traditional English spelling) Michaela. We suspect that American parents find the Mikaela spelling more phonetically pleasing rather than because it’s the most common spelling among Nordic countries, particularly Sweden and Finland. The Americanized spelling of this name, Makayla, is currently the most popular, followed by Mikayla. In third place is the more traditional Michaela. Mikaela with a “k” is the fourth most common spelling variation of this lovely name. Currently, about 8% of the Michaelas out there are receiving the Mikaela spelling. Adding currency to this particular spelling of the name is Mikaela Brand, a fictional character from the Transformer movies and originating with the actress Megan Fox. Unlike the cutesy made-up and modern Americanized spellings of Makayla, Mikayla, and Mckayla, Mikaela is an authentic Scandinavian spelling of this gorgeous name. The pet form “Mikke” gives it a darling tomboy quality, too.
Popularity of the Girl Name Mikaela
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mikaela
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mikaela
Mikaela We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mikaela.
Popular Songs on Mikaela
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Mikaela
Mikaela - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Mikaela.
Famous People Named Mikaela
Famous People Named Mikaela - Mikaela Parmlid (Swedish golfer)
Children of Famous People Named Mikaela
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Mikaela - Steven Spielberg (director); Kate Capshaw (actress); Deborah Norville (TV personality)
Mikaela - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Mikaela - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mikaela.
Personality of the Girl Name Mikaela
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 - Mikaela