[This may seem similar to another question, but it is completely different. This other question is about nicknames for Michelangelo. The question here is trying to understand the history of the name Michelangelo, itself.]
In a few hours, I will most likely have a son. We're pretty sure we know his name, but digging through family history we've found many different spellings of the name going back 230 years. Particularly as it goes back to places where there is less literacy, the same person has different spellings on different records.
What are other Italian spellings/versions of Michelangelo? I'd like to understand both the modern and archaic versions before we make a choice. So far I've seen:
- Michele Angelo
- Michele Archangelo
- Michêle Archangelo
What are other versions?
PS That last one with the French character is very confusing to us. It is from 1784. We don't know if it was an overzealous French priest, a tribute to Napoleon, or something else.