Michel (name)

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PronunciationFrench: [miˈʃɛl]
Dutch: [mɪˈxɛl]
Word/nameHebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל[ˌmixäˈʔel]
MeaningWho Is Like God?
Region of originFrance, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany
Other names
Related namesMichael, Michelle, Mitchell

Michel is originally a French name.[citation needed] It can be both a given name and a surname ultimately of Hebrew origin, derived from Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל[ˌmixäˈʔel], meaning Who Is Like God? The name is particularly common in French (from where the standard English pronunciation is derived), German (already in Middle High German), Dutch, and Afrikaans. In these instances Michel is equivalent to the English personal name Michael. Mitxel which is also an equivalent of Michael. When of Czech, Slovak or Polish origin it is a variant of the personal name Michal. When of Greek origin, the surname Michel is a shortened form of various patronymic derivatives of Michael. Examples of such are Michelakis, Michelakakis, or Michelakos.[1]

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 24.7% of all known bearers of the surname Michel were residents of France (frequency 1:571), 24.2% of Haiti (1:93), 10.0% of Germany (1:1,695), 7.4% of Egypt (1:2,651), 6.3% of the United States (1:12,200), 3.5% of Madagascar (1:1,418), 2.8% of Mexico (1:9,351), 2.6% of Burundi (1:813), 2.2% of the Republic of the Congo (1:471), 1.9% of Switzerland (1:917), 1.8% of Belgium (1:1,375), 1.1% of Bolivia (1:2,078), 1.0% of Canada (1:7,900) and 1.0% of Rwanda (1:2,444).

In France, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:571) in the following regions:[2]

Persons with the surname[edit]

Persons with the given name[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

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  1. ^ "Michel Name Meaning and History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  2. ^ Michel surname distribution