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Scriptsיִשְׁמָעֵאל Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.ISH-may-əl English
ISH-mee-əl English

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 & CulturesEsmail, 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   Contribute