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Quick Facts on Mike

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 881
Simple meaning:
Who is like God?

Characteristics of Mike

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mike

Mike is the English short form of Michael. The name Michael 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 Michael is often one of humility. From a biblical perspective Michael is best remembered as 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, Saint Michael 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. The nickname Mike has a long history of being used as a stand-alone first name in its own right.

Popularity of the Name Mike

Mike dates back on the American male naming charts to at least the late 19th century (as far back as available data goes). Even in the year 1880, Mike was a Top 150 favorite – not too shabby for a colloquial short form of the more traditional Michael. Mike even reached the Top 50-100 list of most commonly used baby boy names many times between 1943 and 1968 (his best years on the charts). Of course Michael is arguably the most successful 20th century boy’s name in the United States, it’s no surprise that Mike saw a fair amount of triumph on the charts in his own right. Today however Mike is no longer heavily used as an independently given name. Even Michael who reigned supreme for much of last century has been knocked off his perch by the likes of Jacob, Mason and Noah. Mike remains a hard, one-syllable name. It’s manly, confident and strong.
Popularity of the Boy Name Mike
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mike

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mike

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mike

    Mike Jackson (Mike) Mike is the title character of British humorist P. G. Wodehouse’s 1909 “schoolboy novel”, Mike. Mike is in the classic tradition of a P. G. Wodehouse character – British upper class golden age public school boy, a little short on the intellectual side, long on sports, especially cricket, and all around good fellow, if rather benignly mischievous. This from the creator of Jeeves and Bertie, after all. It makes one quite nostalgic, especially if one is American and takes most of one’s British cues from “Downton Abbey”. Sticky wicket, and all that. At any rate, Mike’s time is long gone, but his type is not, and it is admirable in its own way.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mike

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mike

    Big Mean Mike (Michelle Knudsen) - A laugh-out-loud funny story about not worrying what others think — even if you’re big and tough, and your friends are fuzzy and cute. Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He has a big, mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean, and that’s just the way he likes it. But one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike can’t believe it! Before anyone can see, he puts the bunny down on the sidewalk and drives away. When the tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up again — and this time brings a friend — Mike tells them both to get lost. Big mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute...From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Scott Magoon comes a comical lesson about how keeping up your image is not nearly as fun as being your own quirky self. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mike Fink (Steven Kellogg) - Mike Fink was king of the keelboatmen -- the strongest, rowdiest bunch of fellows ever to work on the Mississippi. Mike was a whole lot more than a keelboater -- yes, sir! He was a crack shot and the best grizzly and gator wrestler on the river. They don't make 'em like Mike these days, now do they? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Virginia Lee Burton) - A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories by Virginia Lee Burton (Virginia Lee Burton) - Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years. Many of her books—with themes that honor a simple way of life and celebrate heroes who endure through determination and by adapting to change—have become classic American tales. With an introduction by Barbara Elleman, author of Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art,this handsome collection commemorates four of Burton’s most popular stories, each featured complete and unabridged. Their appeal today, as strong as when the books were first published, is a tribute to one of America’s most innovative illustrators, designers, and writers of stories for children. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mike's Mystery (Gertrude Chandler Warner) - The Boxcar Children Mysteries #5. Benny and his friend Mike are in trouble when they are curious about a uranium mine. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Mike

    Famous People Named Mike

    Famous People Named Mike - Mike Tyson (boxer); Mike Wallace (journalist); Mike Myers (SNL cast member); Mike “The Situation” (reality TV star); Mike Ditka (football coach); Mike Eruzione (hockey player); Mike Nichols (director); Mike Huckabee (politician); Mike Oldfield (musician); Mike Bryan (tennis player); Mike Stoller (songwriter); Mike Patton (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mike

    Children of Famous People Named Mike

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Mike - Chuck Norris (martial artist/actor); Casey Kasem (radio personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Mike - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Mike

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mike

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