July 17, 2008

Micah

Micah ~ Who is Like God? ~ Hebrew

The other day, a new employee was introduced to the company I work for in an email. My coworker called over our cube wall, "Hey, that must be a hippie name, huh?" A hippie name? I thought, truly perplexed. Then it dawned on me: the new guy, Micah, has a name that also sounds like mica, the mineral. And that is something entirely different.

No, Micah actually has Hebrew origins. It's a book of the Old Testament, named for a prophet, or a man chosen by God to speak to people. Micah calls the people to change their sinful ways, reminding them of the blessing that would follow. He speaks of mercy and compassion from God.

It's a lovely name with rich Biblical history, but I also like it for the odd-yet-obvious connection my coworker made: mica, the mineral. I used to admire it on vacation in the Black Hills, where it covered the forest floor, making the ground sparkle.

I have known one person with this name—a woman who was a friend of my sister's. Though it's traditionally a male name, some use it for girls too, and I can see the charm it has either way.
  • Micah is nationally ranked at 126
  • Micah is the name of a character in Heroes, a child prodigy who has special abilities with electronics.
  • Not many celebs are named Micah, but here's one: Micah Alberti

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