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 and 1960s,and 1970s. Its use spread to Middle and North Europe, then the United Kingdom and the United States, where its popularity peaked in 1997, the year in which the popular TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman first aired in the U.S. with its lead character Michaela Quinn. As of 2008, it was 357th in rank for newborn girls in the United States. The name's popularity in Britain may have been influenced by the success of wildlife documentary presenter Michaela Finlay, who was seen widely on TV in the UK after the mid 1950s. The name was not among the top 100 newborn girls' names in England and Wales in the period 2003–2007.
There are numerous variant spellings. Equivalents in other languages include: