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What does Ismail mean?

Ismail Pronunciation of Ismail [is-mail] as a boys' name is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Ismail is "God listens". Variant of Ishmael, who built the temple of Kaaba at Mecca. Film director Ismail Merchant; football players Raghib Ismail, Qadry Ismail.

Associated with: arabic.


Ismail has 8 variants: Ishmael, Ismaal, Ismael, Ismal, Ismayl, Izmail, Ysmail and Ysmal.

1 more different relation via Ishmael: Ysmael.

Creative forms:
(male) Inmail, ..

(female) Isimel, Isma, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ismail Grady (I.G.), ..

How popular is Ismail?

Ismail is a rare first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#8090 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ismail entered the list in 1990 and reached its top rank of #1173 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Ismail (#1173 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 are Ishmael (#1229 from recent data) and Ismael (#401). These relations of Ismail reached the peak of their popularity a decade ago (average #1068) and have remained as popular to this day (#934, down 3.8%). Ismael is the most trendy boy name in this list.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aimil, Amil, Aymil, Bail, Emil, Eskil, Gail, Hamil, Iain, Imad, Iman, Imani, Imri, Imrie, Inman, Iomhair, Isa, Isaac, Isaak, Isac, Isaia, Isaiah, Isais, Isak, Isam, Ishaan, Isham, Isia, Isiah, Ismat, Ismay, Isme, Israel, Issac, Itai, Ittai, Ivair, Jamil, Kail, Kamil, Mihail, Sail, Trail and Vail. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ismail.

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