The 10 Most Popular and Greatest Michaels in History

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Michael is one of the most popular English names in the world. Michael in Hebrew is Micha’el or Mîkhā’ēl; in

Greek, it’s Mikhaíl; in Latin, it’s Michael or Míchaël; and in Arabic, it’s Mikhā’īl. Let’s find out who are the 10 most

famous persons that bear the name.

Michael Fred Phelps


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The first famous and great Michael on our list is Michael Phelps. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous

athletes in Olympic history, most especially at the latest Beijing Olympics. Michael Phelps who was born in 1985 is

an American swimmer who became famous for winning 14 career Olympic gold medals, the most by any Olympian.

As of 2008, he also holds seven world records in swimming.

Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics with the eight gold medals he won at

the 2008 Olympic Games. With this record, he surpassed Mark Spitz, who was also a swimmer and had held the

previous gold medal total with the seven that he won at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Michael Schumacher


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Another Michael who made a big name in sports is Michael Schumacher. He is a German who was born in1969.

He is a former Formula One driver, seven-time world champion, and current advisor and occasional test driver for

Ferrari. According to the official Formula One website, he is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever

seen”. He is the only German to win the Formula One World championship, and is credited with popularizing

Formula One in Germany. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver among

Formula One fans.

Michael Kirk Douglas


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Another popular Michael is a man named Michael Douglas. He is famous in the showbiz industry. He is an

American actor and producer and won numerous awards, one of which is the Best Actor award he won in 1987 for

his role in Wall Street. He is the husband of the beautiful and voluptuous Hollywood actress – Catherine Zeta


Michael Buffer


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If you are an avid fan of boxing or wrestling, you’re surely familiar with this man bearing the name Michael. Michael

Buffer is a popular professional ring announcer for both boxing and wrestling matches. His famous catchphrase is

“Let’s get ready to rumble!” His catchphrase is a federally registered trademark.

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev


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In politics, there are only a few men with the name Michael. One of them is Michael Gorbachev who was born in 1931 in Privolnoye, Russia. He was the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and

the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1985 until its collapse in 1991; he was the first (and therefore

only) person to hold any of these positions to have been born after the October  Revolution of 1917.

King Michael I


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Amongst the monarchs, the name Michael is seldom heard. Michael, King of the Romanians, Prince of

Hohenzollern who was born in 1921 is one of the few if not the only one. He reigned as King of the Romanians

from 1927 to 1930, and again from1940, until forced to abdicate by the communists backed up by orders of Stalin

to the Soviet armies of occupation on 1947. He is a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a third cousin of

Queen Elizabeth II. He is one of the last surviving heads of state from World War II, the others being Simeon II of

Bulgaria and King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.



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Michelangelo who was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, pot and engineer was born in 1475 and

died in 1564. His complete name is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He is the best-documented artist

of the 16th century. His best-known works are the Pieta and the David, the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling

and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Later in life he designed the dome of St.

Peter’s Basilica.

Michael Bolton


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This famous Michael is an American singer-songwriter who was born Michael Bolotin in 1953. He is best known for

his soft rock ballads, tenor vocals and mullet. His achievements include selling 53 million albums, eight top ten

albums, two number one singles on the Billboard charts, and awards from both the American Music Awards and

Grammy Awards.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan


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This man is probably the most popular Michael in sports, specifically in basketball. “By acclamation, Michael

Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of

his generation, and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. He won

numerous awards in the said sport and holds many records as well.

Michael Joseph Jackson


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Popularly known as the King Pop, he is undoubtedly one of the most prolific men with the name Michael. Michael

Jackson who was born in 1958 is an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. He debuted on the

professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while

still a member of the group. Five of his solo albums have become some of the world’s best-selling records: Off the

Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). Michael died on July 5, 2009

making him more popular with his songs hitting the billboard once again.

Hope you have had a wonderful time reading this. Thanks!

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The Greatest and Most Popular Johns in History


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