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What does Ismael mean?

Ismael /is-mael/ as a boys' name. Ismael's roots are Hebrew and Arabic, and the meaning of the name Ismael is "God listens". Ismael is an alternate spelling of Ishmael (Hebrew). Ismael is also a variation of Ismail (Arabic).

Associated with: arabic


Ismael has 7 variants: Ismaal, Ismal, Ismayl, Izmail, Ysmael, Ysmail and Ysmal.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Inmael, Isamael, ..

(female) Ismaeli, Ismaelia, ..

How popular is Ismael?

Ismael is a very prominent first name for men (#429 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#32652 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ismael for boys. Ismael was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its highest position of #324 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is at #384 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ismael name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ismael and related names. Ishmael (#1283 in recent rankings) and Ismail (#1290) are the popular variation forms of Ismael (#384 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Ismayl, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Ismael reached its most widespread a decade ago (average #1068) and has remained as widespread to this day (#985, down 3.2%). Ismael is the clear favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ismael, Ishmael, Ismail in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Adael, Amel, Amiel, Amyel, Anael, Asael, Asahel, Asayel, Ashbel, Asiel, Askel, Azrael, Cael, Dael, Eskel, Gael, Gamel, Gammel, Hamel, Imad, Iman, Imani, Imanoel, Imanuel, Immanuel, Imre, Inman, Isa, Isaac, Isaak, Isac, Isaia, Isais, Isak, Isam, Ishaan, Isham, Isia, Isiah, Ismat, Ismay, Isme, Israel, Issac, Itiel, Jael, Jamael, Jameel, Jamel, Jamiel, Kael, Kameel, Kemuel, Kimbel, Lemuel, Micael, Mikael, Pedael (see Pedahel), Rafael, Samael, Samuel, Yael and Yisrael. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ismael.