Michel (name)

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Pronunciation French: [miˈʃɛl]
Dutch: [mɪˈxɛl]
Gender Male
Word/name Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל[ˌmixäˈʔel]
Meaning Who Is Like God?
Region of origin France, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany
Other names
Related names Michael, 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]

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