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‘Bringing Up Bates’ What Is The Truth About Michael Bates’ Name?

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Bringing Up Bates fans are curious to know the truth about Michael Bates‘ name. After all, Michael is a name that is typically given to males. So, why was she named Michael? And why does she sometimes go by Michaela? Keep reading to get all of the details.

Michael is the second of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates’ 19 kids. She was born on Jan. 23, 1990, so she will be 33 years old in just a few weeks. It seems like she most commonly goes by Michael these days. Her Instagram username includes Michael rather than Michaela.

Bringing Up Bates fans have questions about Michael’s name.

With so much confusion around Michael’s name, fans are looking for answers. On Reddit, a fan recently started a new thread about her name.

The fan wanted to know whether her given name is Michael or Michaela. They wrote, “I see both names used for her and I’m curious what her actual name is, and how it’s pronounced.” The thread got quite a bit of attention and Bringing Up Bates fans shared the details they know about her name and where it came from.

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What is the true story behind Michael Bates’ name?

Before Michael was born, Gil and Kelly Jo chose the name “Michal,” which is a biblical name. They went ahead and used the name “Michael Christan once she was born. However, they later learned who Michal was and decided they didn’t love the meaning. Got Questionsa website that provides biblical answers, noted that Michal in the bible had a “sarcastic and dishonoring attitude” and as a result, she never bore any children.

Because of the negative details about Michal in the bible, Gil and Kelly Jo wanted to change their daughter’s name. They were able to legally change one letter for free. So, they added an “E” and named her Michael, which is pronounced my-kul.

The Bringing Up Bates star has gone by Michael and Michaela (pronounced my-kul-uh). Some fans recall hearing that Michael didn’t like having a male name, which is why she wanted to be called Michaela when she got older.

To this day, it seems like she primarily goes by Michael. She hasn’t made any changes to her first name legally now that she is an adult.


So, did you know the true story behind Michael Bates’ name? What do you think of all of these details? Sound off in the comments section below, and come back to TV Shows Ace for more news about the Bringing Up Bates family.

Aubrey Chorpenning

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