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Israel meaning and name origin
Israel \i-srael, is-rael\ as a boy's name is pronounced IS-rah-el. It is of Hebrew origin. Possibly "God perseveres, contends". Biblical: when Jacob, son of Isaac, was in his nineties, God changed his name to Israel as a token of blessing. His 12 sons became the ancestors of the Israelite nation. Author Israel Shenker.
Israel has 1 variant form: Yisrael.
Baby names that sound like Israel are Azrael, Azriel, Azryel and Azreel.
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Popularity of Israel
Israel is a very popular first name for men (#399 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2962 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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