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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.


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).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ishmael for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ishmael and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ishmael and Ismael. (2015 statistics).

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.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Ismaal, Ismal and Ismayl. Like Ishmael, these names are not commonly used.


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