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What does Israel mean?

Israel Pronunciation of Israel [is-rael] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: biblical, blessing (gift).


Israel has 1 variant: Yisrael.

Creative forms:
(male) Gorael, Imrael, ..

(female) Israi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Israel Caspian (I.C.), ..

How popular is Israel?

Israel is a very prominent first name for males (#399 out of 1220, Top 33%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#3476 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Israel reached its apex position of #202 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is at #240 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Israel is pronounced similarly to Azrael, Azreel, Azriel and Azryel. Other suggested similar names are Aeriel, Airel, Airyel, Anael, Ardel, Arnel, Aryel, Asael, Asayel, Ashbel, Bertel, Burnel (see Burnell), Carel, Cornel, Dael, Darel, Dariel, Darrel, Derrel, Doriel, Dorrel, Farrel, Ferrel, Harel, Ira, Isaac, Isak, Isam, Isham, Ishmael, Isia, Isiah, Ismaal, Ismael, Ismail, Ismal, Ismat, Ismayl, Isme, Itiel, Izmail, Jael, Jarel, Jarrel, Jerel, Jerrel, Jorrel, Kael, Karel, Karmel, Kornel, Marcel, Markel, Martel, Merrel, Micael, Mikael, Moriel, Norvel, Nuriel, Orel, Oriel, Orrel, Poriel, Rafael, Sorel, Sorrel, Torkel, Tyrrel, Yael and Ysmael. These names tend to be less commonly used than Israel.