Misha is a Russian male diminutive of Mikhail, the Russian, Belarusian, and Bulgarian form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Although used strictly a male name in Russia, it has had some use as a female given name in the United States.
Misha is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + sha 紗 “silk gauze; gossamer” (美紗);
- mi 弥 “all the more; increasingly” + sha 写 “copy; to be photographed; describe” (弥写);
- mi 海 “sea; ocean” + sha 沙 “sand” (海沙);
- mi 美 “beauty beautiful” + sha 沙 “sand”; (美沙);
There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s. みしゃ.
Origin: Hebrew, Japanese
- Mischa (Dutch, German, Russian, English)