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Given Name ISHMAEL
GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִשְׁמָעֵאל (Ancient Hebrew)
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 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).
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OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Esmail, Ismail, Isma'il (Arabic), Ismael (Biblical Greek), Yishma'el (Biblical Hebrew), Ismahel (Biblical Latin), Ismo (Finnish), Esmail (Persian), Ismael (Spanish), İsmail (Turkish), Ismail (Uyghur)
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