Meaning and name origin
Ismael \i-smael, is-mael\ as a boy's name is of Hebrew and Arabic origin, and the meaning of Ismael is "God listens". Ismael is a variant of Ishmael (Hebrew); biblical: the son of Abraham by Sarah's Egyptian slave woman Hagar. Also a variant of Ismail (Arabic): variant of Ishmael, who built the temple of Kaaba at Mecca.
Ismael is a very popular first name for males (#429 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#43388 out of 88799, Top 49%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ismael for boys. Ismael reached its highest rank of #301 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ismael and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ismael (#384) and Ishmael. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Israel. Like Ismael, this name is not commonly used.