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pinWhat does Ishmael mean?

Ishmael /ish-mael/ as a boys' name is pronounced EES-mah-el. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ishmael is "God listens".

Biblical: the son of Abraham by Sarah's Egyptian slave woman Hagar. Among his descendants were Bedouin tribes and Muhammad (seventh century), founder of Islam. Literary: because Ishmael was cast out to wander in the desert, the name is often used symbolically, as in Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick". Ismael is the Spanish form; Ismail is Arabic.


pinVariations

Ishmael has 4 variants: Ismael, Ismail, Ysmael and Ysmail.

Ishmael has 5 more different relations via Ismael, Ismail: Ismaal, Ismal, Ismayl, Izmail and Ysmal.

Kreatif forms: Ichamael, Ioishmael, Ishmaelio. [more]

pinHow popular is Ishmael?

Ishmael is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#11385 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ishmael for boys. Ishmael entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #903 in the U.S. in 1997, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ishmael name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ishmael outside U.S.

The only other popular related form of Ishmael is Ismael (#384 2 years ago). Adoption of these forms of Ishmael was at its highest in 1996 (average #631) and is almost as widespread today (#692, 16.5% less). Ismael is a constant favorite. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ishmael and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ishmael, Ismael in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ishmael and related baby names outside U.S.

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