Monday, June 8, 2015

Michael or Michaella?

 

What is the story behind the oldest Bates daughter's name? When she was born, her parents named her "Michal," but when Gil and Kelly realized the negative connotation of the name while reading through their Bible, they changed the spelling to "Michael."

As a young child, Michael was unhappy about having a name that was traditionally male, so her family started calling her "Michaella." Today, she goes by either Michaella or Michael and does not prefer one over the other, but her legal name is still Michael.

Photo courtesy of UP

22 comments:

  1. either way, beautiful names

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  2. It's actually Michaela (pronounced Michael-uh), not Michaella (pronounced Mi-kay-luh) according to the Bates family, including Michael herself (see her blog http://brandonlovesmichaela.com)

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    1. Hi Nicole,

      The Bates use both spellings. Sometimes it's Michaella, and other times it's Michaela. :)

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  3. I feel sorry for the girl that they couldn't be bothered to change her name to something feminine so they stuck her with a boy's name. But we've seen worse. At least they didn't name her Moxie Crimefighter or Fifi Trixibelle. She can always legally change her name, if she chooses.

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  4. I thought the whole point of picking a Bible name was for the meaning. You mean to tell me they picked a Bible name without first knowing the character it belonged to?

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  5. It's nice to know the story behind Michaella's name.

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  6. I wonder why Gil and Kelly decided on spelling her name"Michael" at the time of that change from Michal. Surely, they were aware it is masculine.love to understand their thought process at that time!

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    1. I read (I think on the bates blog) that they could only change it by one letter without incurring an expense to do so.

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  7. Thanks for clarifying that for the folks who have been so confused...now I don't have to keep explaining it over and over :-)

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  8. Thank you for sharing this, Lily and Ellie.
    Since I discovered the Bates a little while ago, I have wondered at why her name was Michael, so this was very helpful and interesting.
    By the way, would you mind telling me how they pronounce Michaella?
    Just curious, thanks.
    Lily

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  9. What is the correct pronunciation?

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  10. Hi Readers,

    The family pronounces Michaella "Michael-uh." :)

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  11. My first name is Michal, I pronounce it like Michael and I'm a female. People have asked, "Did your mom & dad name you that because they wanted a boy?" I say, "No. They already had 3 of each." Most of us have biblical 1st & middle names. I've had this name for over 50 years and as a female, I'm proud to have it. I have no intention of ever changing it.

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  12. Have to be honest, I wonder why the parents chose a masculine name to make things confusing for their precious and sweet and very feminine daughter? Why do that? Why not have given her a female name so there is no confusion for her her whole life. I feel bad for her.

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  13. Lily and Ellie,
    Can we please have some more details on Ellie's wedding please?❤❤❤

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    1. Sure thing! I have been posting wedding updates on my new site, NashvilleWife.com. :)

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  14. My sister used to babysit for a girl named Michael :)

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  15. Well, the name Michael doesn't belong to a man or a woman... it's the name of an angel.

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  16. I love the name Michal and wish it had been a good example from the Bible so I could use the name for a girl. :( Oh well.

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  17. My name is Michal and it is pronounced Mi -call. My parents thought of it as a feminine form of Michael.

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  18. Been wondering why Michaela and her husband hasn't had a baby yet.Made me feel sad on the show where she holding Zack and whitneys baby you could just see the love she was feeling and wishing she had a baby.Been praying for her and her husband.

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