National Mike Day on May 24 is a day that is designated for all Mikes across the world. Yes, your age, race, and religion do not matter. All that matters is your name and the special meaning behind it. Not sure how to celebrate? Well, you can have a party in honor of your name or simply head out shopping to pamper yourself with gifts. The aim should be to treat this day as special as your birthday. And yes, if you are a Micheal, this day should be celebrated by you too! Read on to find out more.
History of National Mike Day
While Micheal is a name that has been popular for centuries, over time, the name was seen as too long. Hence, numerous people with the name Micheal shortened it to Mike. The short form was easier to pronounce and also sounded trendy. Here is a short history of the name and where it originated from.
Michael was derived from the Hebrew word ‘mikha’el’ — a word that translates into the question: “Who is like God?” The question, however, is rhetorical. Hence, the name Michael means that ‘there is no one like God.’ The name has such a pure meaning since Michael is a part of our bibliographical history. He is one of the archangels considered to be close to God, and he is the leader of all the angels and also the protector of the ancient Hebrews. But the purity of the name doesn’t stop here since, over time, saints with the same name emerged to help mankind. For instance, Saint Michael is recognized as the patron saint of the soldiers who fought for religion. Different versions of the name can also be found in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
The question now is, when did a name as angel-like as Micheal turn into Mike? While the exact date does not exist, the American male naming charts spot the emergence of ‘Mike’ at the end of the 19th century. It is possible the nickname was used in households before that, but there is no evidence available to conclude a date. Mike was also in the ‘Top 50 — 100’ list of most commonly used baby boy names between 1943 and 1968.
National Mike Day timeline
Michael Oldfield’s album “Tubular Bells” debuts.
Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in the world.
The name becomes the 20th most popular name in Northern Ireland.
Michael is ranked the 12th most popular name for boys in America.
National Mike Day FAQs
Where did the name Mike come from?
It originated from the name ‘Micheal.’
Is Michael a powerful name?
Yes. It sounds masculine and is derived from a Hebrew phrase.
Can Mike be a girl’s name?
The name is also used for girls at times.
National Mike Day Activities
Pay tribute to Mike Tyson
Since Mike Tyson is amongst the most famous sportsmen to date, paying tribute to him on this day is a must. Post a photo of him online, and don’t forget to tag him!
Listen to songs by Mike Oldfield
If you are a fan of the great Mike Oldfield, use this day to put his songs on repeat! You can also share his songs with friends who don't know how magnificent and talented he was.
Take a Mike out for coffee
Since Mike is a pretty common name, we are sure there is a Mike in every workplace. This is your chance to make them feel special by taking them out for coffee. This could also turn into a date if you want!
5 Interesting Facts About Mike And Michael
Micheal and royalty
The name was commonly used for emperors, kings, and saints.
Feminine versions of Mike
Variations include Michelle, Michaela, and Mila.
The U.S. census
27,000 people have Mike as their last name.
Mikes in the military
3,000 military men have Mike as their last name.
“The King of Pop”
Michael Jackson has 13 number-one hits on the Billboard Charts.
Why We Love National Mike Day
It tells us the history of the name
We love the day because it defines the holy history of the name and how it slowly transitioned into a short form. So, which version of the name will you opt for?
It shows us the name is gender neutral
While the name is quite masculine, many women have the same name. Unbelievable, isn’t it? This just means that the special day will be celebrated by both men and women.
It celebrates all the Mikes
Whether you believe it or not, if you are Mike, this day is truly important for you. Out of hundreds of days in a year, this is an occasion where every Mike has a chance to stand out from the crowd.
National Mike Day dates