PRONOUNCED: ISH-may-əl (English), ISH-mee-əl (English) [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יִשְׁמָעֵאל (Yishma'el)
meaning "God will hear". In the Old Testament
this is the name of a son of Abraham
. He is the traditional ancestor of the Arabs. Herman Melville used this name for the narrator in his novel 'Moby-Dick' (1851).
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