Given Name ISHMAEL

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִשְׁמָעֵאל (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: ISH-may-əl (English), ISH-mee-əl (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יִשְׁמָעֵאל (Yishma'el) meaning "God will hear", from the roots שָׁמַע (shama') meaning "to hear" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Abraham. He is the traditional ancestor of the Arab people. Also in the Old Testament, it is borne by a man who assassinates Gedaliah the governor of Judah. The author Herman Melville later used this name for the narrator in his novel 'Moby-Dick' (1851).
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Esmail, Isma'il, Ismail (Arabic), Ismael, Samouel (Biblical Greek), Shemu'el, Yishma'el (Biblical Hebrew), Ismahel, Samuhel (Biblical Latin), Samuil (Bulgarian), Samuel (Czech), Samuel (Danish), Samuel (Dutch), Samuel (English), Ismo, Samuel, Samuli (Finnish), Samuel (French), Samuel (German), Shmuel (Hebrew), Sámuel (Hungarian), Samuele (Italian), Samuel (Jewish), Samoil (Macedonian), Samuel (Norwegian), Esmail (Persian), Samuel (Polish), Samuel (Portuguese), Samuil (Russian), Samuel (Slovak), Ismael, Samuel (Spanish), Samuel (Swedish), İsmail (Turkish), Ismail (Uyghur), Sawyl (Welsh)


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Entry updated July 11, 2018