Michael ( /ˈmaɪkəl/), also occasionally Micheal, is a given name that comes from the Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל / מיכאל (Mikha'el), derived from the question מי כאל (mi k'ʔel) meaning "Who is like God?" In English, it is sometimes shortened to Mike, Mikey, Mickey, or Mick.
Female forms of Michael include Michèle, Michelle, Michaela, Mechelle, Micheline, and Michaelle, although Michael is occasionally seen as a female name, with women named Michael including actresses Michael Learned and Michael Michele. Another form is Mychal, which can either be a male or female name.
Surnames that come from Michael include Carmichael, Dimichele, MacMichael, McMichael, Micallef, Michaelson, Mikkelsen, Mikhaylov, Mykhaylenko, Michaels and Mitchell.
Famous quotes containing the word michael:
“Yes, thats what I needed. Living flesh from humans for my experiments. What difference did it make if a few people had to die? Their flesh taught me how to manufacture arms, legs, faces that are human. Ill make a crippled world whole again.”
—Robert Tusker, and Michael Curtiz. Wells (Preston Foster)
“Every time an ashtray is missing from a hotel, they dont come looking for you. But let a diamond bracelet disappear in France and they shout John Robie, the Cat. You dont have to spend every day of your life proving your honesty, but I do.”
—John Michael Hayes (b.1919)
“While Michael Angelos Sistine roof,
His Morning and his Night disclose
How sinew that has been pulled tight,
Or it may be loosened in repose,
Can rule by supernatural right
Yet be but sinew.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)