Michael is a common name around the world in many western countries especially.
Interestingly, in the United States of America, it became the most popular name of the 20th century. Although it is in decline, Michael is still a very popular name today.
However, you may be surprised to learn that the name Michael comes from the ancient language of Hebrew. Hebrew is a language from the middle east.
In English the pronunciation sounds like the words my-call.
Within the country of Israel, Hebrew is used in its current modern-day form. However, it is an ancient language which has changed over time.
The nation and country of Israel have a long religious history relating to the Bible, (A holy book which is considered to be from God, used by Christians around the world).
It is in the Bible where the name Michael is found. Its meaning is, therefore, a religious one. It means:
Who is like God?
In the Bible, Michael is the name of the Archangel used by God. The Archangel is in a higher position over the other angels and takes the lead among them as a leader. (The Bible describes an angel as a spirit creature with wings used by God to carry out commands.)
Whether it is for religious reasons or simply because of the fact that many people like the sound of the name, Michael, is without a doubt, one of the most widespread and familiar names you will hear of in English speaking countries.
Do you know someone called Michael? Why not start a conversation with them and ask them if they know what their name means and where it is from?
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