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/ (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich,
Micha Micah (; ) is a given name. Micah is the name of several people in the Hebrew Bible The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh (; Hebrew: , or ), is the Biblical canon, canonical collection of Hebrew language, Hebrew scriptures, including the Torah, the Nevi ...

Micha
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Mickey Mickey is a given name and nickname, almost always masculine and often a short form (hypocorism) of Michael, and occasionally a surname. It may refer to: People Given name or nickname Men * Mickey Andrews (born 1942), American retired college foo ...
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MickiMicki is a given name. Notable people with the name include: * Micki DuPont (born 1980), professional ice hockey player * Micki Free, professional musician * Micki Grant (born 1941), American singer, actress, writer and composer * Addie "Micki" Har ...
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Mickie Micky or Mickie can be a given name, but it is most often a nickname for Michael or non-Anglo Saxon equivalents, such as "Mikhail". People with the name include: Men * Micky Adams (born 1961), English football manager and former player * Micky Aris ...
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Mike Mike is a masculine given name. It is also encountered as an abbreviation or shorthand for Michael. Notable people with the name include: People * Mike Adenuga, Nigerian billionaire businessman * Mike Affleck, American football player * Mike ...

Mike
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Mikey Mikey is a masculine given name, often a diminutive form (hypocorism) of Michael. It may also refer to: People * Mikey Ambrose (born 1993), American Major League Soccer player * Mikey Arroyo (born 1969), Filipino actor and politician, son of Philip ...
, Miki,
Mikki Mikki is a given name. Notable people with the name include: * Mikki Moore Clinton Renard "Mikki" Moore (pronounced "MY-key"; born November 4, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. Early life and college Born in Orangeburg, So ...
, Mico, Miko, Mikha,
Misha Misha (russian: Миша), also known as Mishka (russian: Мишка) or The Olympic Mishka (russian: Олимпийский Мишка), is the name of the Russian Bear The Russian Bear (russian: Русский медведь, Russky medved) ...
, Mischa, Mitch,
Mitt Mitt may refer to: *Mitten, a garment covering the whole hand *Baseball mitt, a leather glove worn by baseball players on defense *Mitt (name), a surname and given name *William Mitten (1819–1906), English authority on bryophytes and chemist, who ...
, Micci , related names = Machiel, Maicon or Maycon,
Michaela Michaela (Hebrew Hebrew (, , or ) is a Northwest Semitic languages, Northwest Semitic language of the Afroasiatic languages, Afroasiatic language family. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites, Judeans and their ances ...

Michaela
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Michelangelo Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (; 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), known simply as Michelangelo (), was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, whose work ha ...
, Michal,
MichałMichał () is a Polish and Sorbian form of Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, Miki, Mikki, Miko, Misha (disamb ...
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Micheal Micheal is a masculine given name. It is sometimes an anglicized form of the Irish names Micheál, Mícheál and Michéal; or the Scottish Gaelic name Mìcheil. It is also a spelling variant of the common masculine given name ''Michael'', and is so ...

Micheal
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Mícheál Micheal is a masculine given name. It is sometimes an anglicized form of the Irish names Micheál, Mícheál and Michéal; or the Scottish Gaelic name Mìcheal. It is also a spelling variant of the common masculine given name ''Michael'', and is so ...
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Michel * Fred Michel - 1898 - 1967 Composer of traditional South African folk song “ Suikerbossie “ Translated to English ( Sugarbush )by Josef Marais. Eve Boswell in 1955 and sang to the Queen of UK Michel may refer to: * Michel (name), a given name ...
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Michele Michele (), is an Italian male given name, akin to the English male name Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, ...

Michele
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Michelle Michelle may refer to: People *Michelle (name), a given name and surname, the feminine form of Michael * Michelle Courtens, Dutch singer, performing as "Michelle" * Michelle (German singer) * Michelle (Scottish singer) (born 1980), Scottish win ...
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Michiel Michiel is a Dutch Dutch commonly refers to: * Something of, from, or related to the Netherlands * Dutch people () * Dutch language () *Dutch language , spoken in Belgium (also referred as ''flemish'') Dutch may also refer to:" Castle * Dut ...

Michiel
, Miguel,
Mihael Mihael may refer to: *Mihael Ambrož (1808–1864), Slovenian politician *Mihael Brejc Mihael Brejc, also known as Miha Brejc (born 15 November 1947) is a Slovenian politician and former Member of the European Parliament. In 2004, Brejc was el ...
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MihaiMihai () is a Romanian Romanian may refer to: *anything of, from, or related to the country and nation of Romania Romania ( ; ro, România ) is a country at the crossroads of Central Europe, Central, Eastern Europe, Eastern and Southeast Eur ...

Mihai
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Mihailo (mee-KHA-el) , nickname = , related names = *Variants: Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, Miki, Mikki, Miko, ...
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Mihajlo Mihajlo ( sr-cyr, Михајло) is the Serbian variant of the name ''Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, Mi ...
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MihalisMihalis is a Greek given name, equivalent to the English form Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, Miki, Mikki, M ...
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Mihály Mihály () is a HungarianHungarian may refer to: * Hungary, a country in Central Europe * Kingdom of Hungary, state of Hungary, existing between 1000 and 1946 * Hungarians, ethnic groups in Hungary * Hungarian algorithm, a polynomial time algorithm ...
, Mihangel,
Mihkel Mihkel is an Estonian Estonian may refer to: *Something of, from, or related to Estonia, a country in the Baltic region in northern Europe *Estonians, people from Estonia, or of Estonian descent *Estonian language *Estonian cuisine *Estonian cult ...
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MihovilMihovil is a Croatian given name. It is a variant of Michael. It may refer to * Mihovil Logar (1902–1998), Serbian composer *Mihovil Pavlek Miškina (1887–1942), Croatian writer and politician *Mihovil Nakić (born 1955), Croatian basketball ...
, Miika, Mikael, Mikail, Mikal,
Mikel
Mikel
, Miķelis, Mikhail or Mihail (Михаил), Mihails, Maikls,
Mikkel
Mikkel
,
MikkoMikko is a Finnish masculine given name and equivalent of the English name Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, ...

Mikko
, Miklós,
MishaelMishael ( he, מישאל, "who is like God") may refer to: Biblical figures * Mishael (son of Uzziel), cousin of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam *Original Hebrew name of Meshach People * Mishael Abbott (born 1981), American racing driver * (1920–1997 ...
, Misho, Mitchell, Mykael, Michol, Michole , footnotes = Michael is a masculine
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derived from the Hebrew phrase ''mī kāʼēl'', 'Who
s
s
like-El', in
Aramaic Aramaic (Classical Syriac The Syriac language (; syc, ܠܫܢܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ / '), also known as Syriac Aramaic (''Syrian Aramaic'', ''Syro-Aramaic'') and Classical Syriac (in its literary and liturgical form), is an Aramaic Aramai ...
: ܡܝܟܐܝܠ (''Mīkhāʼēl'' ). The
theophoric name A theophoric name (from Greek: , ''theophoros'', literally "bearing or carrying a god") embeds the name of a god, both invoking and displaying the protection of that deity. For example, names embedding Apollo Apollo, grc, Ἀπόλλω ...
is a rhetorical question – "Who
s
s
like he Hebrew GodEl?", whose answer is "there is none like El", or "there is none as famous and powerful as God." This question is known in Latin as
Quis ut Deus? ' (or '), a Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. Latin was originally spoken in the area around Rome, known as Latium. Through the power of the Roman Repu ...
. Although sometimes considered erroneous, an alternative spelling of the name is
Micheal Micheal is a masculine given name. It is sometimes an anglicized form of the Irish names Micheál, Mícheál and Michéal; or the Scottish Gaelic name Mìcheil. It is also a spelling variant of the common masculine given name ''Michael'', and is so ...

Micheal
. Patronymic surnames that come from Michael include Carmichael,
DiMicheleDiMichele (or Di Michele in its original form) is a patronymic A patronymic, or patronym, is a component of a personal name based on the given name of one's father, grandfather (avonymic), or an earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based ...
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MacMichaelMacMichael is a surname. Notable people with the surname include: * David MacMichael, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst * Harold MacMichael Sir Harold Alfred MacMichael (15 October 1882 – 19 September 1969) was a British colonial admi ...
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McMichaelMcMichael may refer to: * McMichael (surname), list of people with this name * McMichael Creek, a tributary of Pocono Creek in Pennsylvania * McMichael Limited, a British manufacturer of radios and televisions * McMichael, Pennsylvania, a community ...
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Michaels#REDIRECT The Michaels Companies {{R from merge 1976 establishments in Texas Arts and crafts retailers The Blackstone Group companies Companies based in Irving, Texas Companies listed on NASDAQ Retail companies established in 1976 Private equity po ...
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Micallef Micallef is a Maltese surname In some cultures, a surname, family name, or last name is the portion of one's personal name that indicates their family, tribe or community. Practices vary by culture. The family name may be placed at either t ...

Micallef
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Michaelson Michaelson is an English patronymic surname meaning "son of Michael". There are varied English and Scandinavian spellings. It is rare as a given name. Notable people with the surname include: * Ben Michaelson (born 1981), American swimmer * Ingrid ...
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MichielsMichiels is a Dutch-language patronymic surname ("son of Michiel"). It may refer to: * Alexis Michiels (1883–1976), French cyclist *Andreas Victor Michiels General Andreas Victor Michiels. Andreas Victor Michiels (Maastricht, Netherlands, 30 Ma ...
, Michalka,
MichelsMichels is a surname, derived from Michaels, which in turn is derived from the given name Michael. Notable people with the surname include: * Birgit Michels (born 1984), German badminton player * David Michels, British businessman *Jan Michels, Dut ...

Michels
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Mihály Mihály () is a HungarianHungarian may refer to: * Hungary, a country in Central Europe * Kingdom of Hungary, state of Hungary, existing between 1000 and 1946 * Hungarians, ethnic groups in Hungary * Hungarian algorithm, a polynomial time algorithm ...
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Mikeladze Mikeladze ( ka, მიქელაძე) was a Georgian noble family, known from at least the 14th century. The senior, and the princely, line of the Mikeladze flourished in Imereti Imereti (Georgian alphabet, Georgian: იმერეთი) i ...
, Mikhaylov, Mikkelsen, Mitchell, Michalski, Mykhaylenko and
MikaelyanMikaelyan, Mikayelyan or Mikaelian (Armenian: Միքայելյան) is an Armenian surname meaning "son of Mikael" (Michael). It may refer to: * Aleksander Mikaelyan (born 1990), Armenian wrestler * Arman Mikaelyan (born 1996), Armenian chess grandma ...
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Religion

The name first appears in the
Hebrew Bible The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh (; Hebrew: , or ), is the Biblical canon, canonical collection of Hebrew language, Hebrew scriptures, including the Torah, the Nevi'im, and the Ketuvim. These texts are almost exclusively in Biblical Hebrew, with a fe ...

Hebrew Bible
in the
Book of Numbers The Book of Numbers (from Greek Greek may refer to: Greece Anything of, from, or related to Greece Greece ( el, Ελλάδα, , ), officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country located in Southeast Europe. Its population is approximately ...
, where Sethur the son of Michael is one of 12 spies sent into the Land of
Canaan A 1692 map of Canaan, by Philip Lea Canaan (; Northwest Semitic Northwest Semitic, known as Syro-Palestinian in dialect geography, is a division of the Semitic languages comprising the indigenous languages of the Levant. It would have ...

Canaan
.
Michael / (Mikha'el) , nickname = Mic, Mich, Micha, Mick (disambiguation), Mick, Mickey (disambiguation), Mickey, Micki, Mickie, Mike, Mikey (disambiguation), Mikey, Miki, Mikki, Miko, Misha (disambiguation), Misha, Mitch, Mitt (name), Mitt , relat ...
is the name of an
archangel An archangel is an angel of high Christian angelic hierarchy, rank. The word "archangel" itself is usually associated with the Abrahamic religions, but beings that are very similar to archangels are found in a number of religious traditions. Th ...

archangel
in the
Book of Daniel The Book of Daniel is a 2nd-century BCE biblical The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, ''tà biblía'', "the books") is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others ...
. He is venerated in the
Roman Catholic Church The Catholic Church, often referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the List of Christian denominations by number of members, largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide . As the world's old ...

Roman Catholic Church
, the
Oriental Orthodox Church The Oriental Orthodox Churches are a group of Eastern Christianity, Eastern Christian churches adhering to Miaphysitism, Miaphysite Christology, with a total of approximately 60 million members worldwide. The Oriental Orthodox Churches are ...
, and the
Eastern Orthodox Church The Eastern Orthodox Church, also called the Orthodox Church, is the second-largest Christian church, with approximately 220 million baptised members. It operates as a communion Communion may refer to: Religion * The Eucharist (also call ...
. For the Roman Catholic Church, 29 September is the
feast day The calendar of saints is the traditional Christian method of organizing a liturgical year by associating each day with one or more saint In religious belief, a saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of Q-D-Š, ho ...

feast day
of the three archangels: Michael,
Gabriel In the Abrahamic religions The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as the world of Abrahamism and Semitic religions, are a group of Semitic people, Semitic-originated religions that claim descent from the Judaism of the anci ...
and
Raphael Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (; March 28 or April 6, 1483April 6, 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. List of works by Raphael, His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, a ...
. For the Orthodox Church, 8 November is the
feast day The calendar of saints is the traditional Christian method of organizing a liturgical year by associating each day with one or more saint In religious belief, a saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of Q-D-Š, ho ...
commemorating the archangels Michael and Gabriel, as well as the whole host of
angel An angel is a supernatural spiritual being who, according to various religions, is God's servant. Abrahamic religions often depict angels as wikt:benevolent, benevolent celestial intermediaries between God (or Heaven) and humanity. Othe ...

angel
s, while the Monday of each liturgical week likewise corresponds to the "Bodiless Powers." In the
Coptic Orthodox Church The Coptic Orthodox Church ( cop, Ϯⲉⲕ̀ⲕⲗⲏⲥⲓⲁ ⲛ̀ⲣⲉⲙⲛ̀ⲭⲏⲙⲓ ⲛ̀ⲟⲣⲑⲟⲇⲟⲝⲟⲥ, translit=Ti.eklyseya en.remenkimi en.orthodoxos, lit=the Egyptian Orthodox Church; ar, الكنيسة القبطية ...

Coptic Orthodox Church
, his main feast days are 12
Hathor Hathor ( egy, wikt:ḥwt-ḥr, ḥwt-ḥr "House of Horus", grc, Ἁθώρ , cop, ϩⲁⲑⲱⲣ) was a major ancient Egyptian deities, goddess in ancient Egyptian religion who played a wide variety of roles. As a sky deity, she was the mother ...
and 12
Paoni right Rights are law, legal, social, or ethics, ethical principles of Liberty, freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people according to some legal system, social co ...

Paoni
, with lesser feast days on the 12th day of each month of the
Coptic calendar The Coptic calendar, also called the Alexandrian calendar, is a liturgical calendar used by the Coptic Orthodox Church and also used by the fellah, farming populace in Egypt. This calendar is based on the ancient Egyptian calendar. To avoid the c ...
.


In Islam

According to Islam, Michael (Mika'el) is an archangel who brings down rain to the earth by the decree of
Allah Allah (; ar, الله, translit=Allāh, ) is the Arabic Arabic (, ' or , ' or ) is a Semitic language that first emerged in the 1st to 4th centuries CE.Semitic languages: an international handbook / edited by Stefan Weninger; in coll ...

Allah
. He was created from light and the one entrusted with the sustenance of creatures, and is also one of the most prominent angels. As the Angel of Mercy, he asks Allah to forgive people’s sins.


Popularity

Michael (and its variants) is one of the most common given names for men in the world. In the United States, Michael was the most popular name of the 20th century, ranking No. 1 from 1954 to 1998 (with the exception of 1960, when it was second to
David David (; ) (traditional spelling), , ''Dāwūd''; grc-koi, Δαυΐδ, Dauíd; la, Davidus, David; gez , ዳዊት, ''Dawit''; xcl, Դաւիթ, ''Dawitʿ''; cu, Давíдъ, ''Davidŭ''; possibly meaning "beloved one". is described in the ...

David
). It was among the top three most popular names for each year since 1953, only falling out of the top five in 2011 for the first time since 1949. In 2014, Michael was the 20th most popular name in
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland ( ga, Tuaisceart Éireann ; sco, label= Ulster-Scots, Norlin Airlann) is a part of the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usa ...

Northern Ireland
, 27th in
Canada Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its Provinces and territories of Canada, ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocea ...

Canada
and 42nd in
Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous List of islands of Australia, smal ...

Australia
. In
England and Wales England and Wales () is a legal jurisdiction covering England and Wales, two of the four countries of the United Kingdom, parts of the United Kingdom. England and Wales forms the constitutional successor to the former Kingdom of England and follows ...

England and Wales
, Michael ranked 53rd in 2011 and 2012. Michael ranked as the eighth most popular name for boys in
Ireland Ireland ( ; ga, Éire ; Ulster-Scots: ) is an island upright=1.15, Great_Britain.html"_;"title="Ireland_(left)_and_Great_Britain">Ireland_(left)_and_Great_Britain_(right),_are_large_islands_of_north-west_Europe image:Small_Island_in ...

Ireland
in 2013. Variants of Michael rank among the most popular masculine names in multiple countries. It was the third most popular in
Finland Finland ( fi, Suomi ; sv, Finland ), officially the Republic of Finland (; ), is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, Norway to the north, and is defined by the Gulf of Bo ...

Finland
from 2010 – March 2015 (as Mikael), seventh in
Russia Russia ( rus, link=no, Россия, Rossiya, ), or the Russian Federation, is a country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the List of countries and dependencies by area, largest country in the world, covering over , and encom ...

Russia
in 2009 (as Mikhail), 14th in Spain in 2012 (as Miguel), and 15th in
Denmark Denmark ( da, Danmark, ) is a Nordic countries, Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central Constituent state, constituent of the Danish Realm, Kingdom of Denmark, da, Kongeriget Danmark, a constitution ...

Denmark
(as Mikkel).


See also

* List of people with given name Michael *
List of people with given name Mikhail This is a list of people with the given name Mikhail: People with name "Mikhail" *Mikhail Alexandrovich, Latvian Jewish Tenor and Cantor A cantor or chanter is a person who leads people in singing or sometimes in prayer Prayer is an invoc ...
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Michael (surname)Michael is a surname. Notable people with the surname include: * Alan Michael (born 1967), Scottish artist *Ali Michael (born 1990), American fashion model *Alun Michael Alun Edward Michael (born 22 August 1943) is a Welsh Labour Welsh Labou ...
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Michael (archangel) Michael (; he, מִיכָאֵל, lit=Quis ut Deus?, Who is like El?, translit=Mīḳā'ēl; el, Μιχαήλ, translit=Mikhaḗl; la, Michahel; cop, ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ; ar, ميخائيل ، مِيكَالَ ، ميكائيل, translit=Mīk ...
*
Michael (ship) ''Michael'', popularly known as ''Great Michael'', was a carrack 300px, The large carrack, thought to be the '' Santa Catarina do Monte Sinai'', and other Portuguese carracks of various sizes. From painting, attributed to either Gregório Lope ...
, Carrack of the 16th century Kingdom of Scotland * Michaelia, a Latin name of Mikkeli, town now in Finland *
Mike Mike is a masculine given name. It is also encountered as an abbreviation or shorthand for Michael. Notable people with the name include: People * Mike Adenuga, Nigerian billionaire businessman * Mike Affleck, American football player * Mike ...

Mike
, common name derived from Michael *
Micky Micky or Mickie can be a given name, but it is most often a nickname for Michael or non-Anglo Saxon equivalents, such as "Mikhail". People with the name include: Men * Micky Adams Michael Richard Adams (born 8 November 1961) is an English peop ...
, common name derived from Michael *
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References

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