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Pronunciation mi-KAY-la
Gender Female
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning Feminine form of Michael, meaning "who is like God."
Region of origin Israel
Other names
Short form(s) Kayla, Kiki
Related names
  • Michael
  • Michelle
  • McKayla
  • Makayla
  • Mykayla
  • Mikayla
  • Mikaela
  • Mikala
  • Mickaela
  • McKala
  • Michayla
  • Macayla
  • Micaela

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 West Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 1950s to 1970s.[citation needed]

As of 2008, it was 357th in rank for newborn girls in the United States,[1] and 325th in England and Wales.[2]

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 19 October.

Variant forms[edit]

There are numerous variant spellings. Equivalents in other languages include:

Notable people with this name[edit]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

Fictitious entities
  • Michaela, 2004 Israeli television series (מיכאלה)[4]


  1. ^ Popular Baby Names, Social Security Administration.
  2. ^ 2008 Baby Names Statistics Girls, England and Wales, Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  3. ^ Michaela at AllMusic
  4. ^ Michaela (TV Series 2004) at the Internet Movie Database


  • Michaela at "Behind the Name"
  • Duden: Lexikon der Vornamen. 2004.