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Girl Name: Michelle

Name: Michelle
Pronunciation: \m(i)-chelle, mich(el)-le\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: who resembles God?
Origin: Hebrew
Related Names: Nichelle, Shell, Shelley
Sounds Like: Mikelle, Mikella, Michaila, Micole, Michala
Variant forms: Chelle, Machelle, Mashelle, M'chelle, Mechelle, Meechelle, Me'Shell, Meshella, Mia, Micaela, Michaela, Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Micheline, Michell, Michella, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Miguela, Miguelita, Mikaela, Miquela, Misha, Mishaelle, Mishelle, M'shell, Mychele, Mychelle, Myshell, Myshella
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 21
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 20676

Description

Michelle \m(i)-chelle, mich(el)-le\ as a girl's name is pronounced mee-SHELL. It is of French and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Michelle is "who resembles God?". Feminine form of Michael. A popular name when it was first used in the 1940s, and made even more so by the Beatles' famous song "Michelle" in the 1970s. Popular in Germany. Actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Sara Michelle Gellar; singer Me'Shell N'Deg?cello; figure skater Michelle Kwan.

Michelle has 36 variant forms: Chelle, Machelle, Mashelle, M'chelle, Mechelle, Meechelle, Me'Shell, Meshella, Mia, Micaela, Michaela, Michaelina, Michaeline, Michaella, Michal, Michela, Michele, Michelina, Micheline, Michell, Michella, Micki, Mickie, Midge, Miguela, Miguelita, Mikaela, Miquela, Misha, Mishaelle, Mishelle, M'shell, Mychele, Mychelle, Myshell and Myshella.

For more information, see also related names Nichelle, Shell and Shelley.

Baby names that sound like Michelle are Mikelle, Mikella, Michaila, Micole and Michala.

View a list of the 8 names that reference Michelle.

Popularity

Michelle is a very popular first name for women (#21 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#20676 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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