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).
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ismael for boys. Ismael was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its highest position of #301 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #384 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ismael and related names. Ishmael is the only other popular variation form of Ismael (#384 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Ismayl, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Ismael reached its most widespread in 1996 (average #631) and is almost as widespread today (#692, down 16.5%). Ismael is the clear favorite. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Israel. Like Ismael, this name is not frequently used.