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Meaning and name origin

Ishmael \i-sh-mael\ as a boy's 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.

Ishmael has 4 variant forms: Ismael, Ismail, Ysmael and Ysmail.

Suggested similar baby names are Ismaal, Ismal and Ismayl.


Ishmael is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#14030 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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