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What does Ishmael mean?

Ishmael \i-sh-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.


Variations

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

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


Popularity

Ishmael is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#14030 out of 88799, Top 16%). (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.

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ishmael and affiliated names. The only other popular related form of Ishmael is Ismael (#384 last year). Adoption of these boy names was at its highest in the year 1996 and is somewhat lower today. Ismael (#384) is the most chic birth name among these. (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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