||Feminine form of Michael, meaning "who is like God."
Michaela (Hebrew מיכאלה) is a feminine given name. It is a feminine form of the Hebrew name Michael (מִיכָאֵל), which means "Who is like God?"
It was rare in any country until it became fashionable in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 1950s to 1970s.
As of 2008, it was 357th in rank for newborn girls in the United States, and 325th in England and Wales.
In Germany, Slovakia and Poland, the name day for Michaela is 24 August and 29 September and in Czech Republic, the name day for Michaela is October 19.
There are numerous variant spellings. Equivalents in other languages include:
Notable people with this name
- Michaela Badinková (born 1979), Slovak actress
- Michala Banas (born 1978), New Zealand actress best known for the TV series McLeod's Daughters
- Michaela Bercu (born 1967), Romanian-Israeli model
- Michaela Conlin (born 1978), U.S. actress in Bones
- Michaela Denis (1914–2003), British-born film-maker
- Michaela Dorfmeister (born 1973), Austrian skier
- Michaela Kargbo (born 1991), track and field athlete in Sierra Leone
- Michaëlla Krajicek (born 1989), Dutch female tennis player, sister of Richard Krajicek
- Michaela McManus (born 1983), American actress in Law & Order, SVU
- McKayla Maroney (born 1995), U.S. gymnast
- Michaela Paštiková (born 1980), Czech tennis player
- Michaela Schaffrath (born 1970), German television actress
- Mikaela Shiffrin (born 1995), U.S. skier
- Michaela Strachan (born 1966), British television presenter
- Michaela Watkins (born 1971), U.S. actress
- Mikaela (actress)(born) a Spanish actress born as Micaela Rodríguez Cuesta
- Michaela McAreavey (1983–2011), Ulster Rose of Tralee 2004 and daughter of Mickey Harte
- Micaela Bastidas Puyucahua (1747–1781), Martyr for Peruvian Independence
Uses in popular culture
- Michaela at "Behind the Name"
- Duden: Lexikon der Vornamen. 2004.