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 Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 1950s to 1970s.
As of 2008, it was 357th in rank for newborn girls in the United States, and 325th in England and Wales.
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 October 19.
There are numerous variant spellings. Equivalents in other languages include:
Micaela, Miguela (Spanish)
Michelle, Michèle, Micheline (French)
Mikayla, Makayla (English)
Miykhaela (First Nation-Canadian)
Михаела (Bulgarian, Serbian)
Notable people with this name
Michaela Badinková (born 1979), Slovak actress
Michala Banas (born 1978), New Zealand actress best known for the TV series McLeod's Daughters
Micaela Bastidas Puyucahua (1747–1781), martyr for Peruvian Independence
Michaela Bercu (born 1967), Romanian-Israeli model
Michaela Conlin (born 1978), U.S. actress in Bones
Michaela Denis (1914–2003), British-born film-maker
Michaela Dorfmeister (born 1973), Austrian skier
Michaela Kargbo (born 1991), track and field athlete in Sierra Leone
Michaela Kirchgasser (born 1985), Austrian skier
Michaëlla Krajicek (born 1989), Dutch female tennis player, sister of Richard Krajicek
Michaela McAreavey (1983–2011), Ulster Rose of Tralee 2004 and daughter of Mickey Harte
Michaela McManus (born 1983), American actress in Law & Order, SVU
McKayla Maroney (born 1995), U.S. gymnast
Michaela Teresa Murphy Odone (January 10, 1939 – June 10, 2000), discovered a cure for ALD along with her husband, Augusto
Michaela Paštiková (born 1980), Czech tennis player
Michaela Schaffrath (born 1970), German television actress
Mikaela Shiffrin (born 1995), U.S. skier
Michaela Strachan (born 1966), British television presenter
Michaela Watkins (born 1971), U.S. actress
Uses in popular culture
″Michaela″, 1999 German song by Element of Crime
"Michaela", 1972 German song by Serbian singer Bata Illic
"Michaela", 2003 Hebrew song by Ron Shuval and Yoav Itzhak
Michaela, 2004 Israeli television series (מיכאלה)
"Michaela Strachan", 2007 Australian song by Scouting for Girls
Michaela at "Behind the Name"
Duden: Lexikon der Vornamen. 2004.