Of Hebrew origin.
Russian form of the name Michael.
From the name “Mikha’el”, meaning “who is like God”.
Michael is one of the seven archangels according to Hebrew tradition.
He is the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible.
In the “Book of Revelation” in the New Testament he is the leader of heaven’s armies and that is the reason why, in many countries, he is considered as the patron saint of soldiers.
Alternative forms of the name are: Michail, Misha, Mikel, Mike, Michel, Miguel, Michele.
Famous bearers are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mikhail Tal, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Mikhail Lomonosov, Mikhail Grabovski.
Russian dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov is one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century.