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City names are okay, but country names? Nah.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2019
I know it was definitely a name before it was a country, but I really don't like the association with the country Israel.
kayisforkeen  8/22/2018
Israel Gelfand, (1913-2009), famous Russian-American mathematician. With his works including group theory, representation theory, and functional analysis.
TanorFaux  7/11/2018
I have learned to love the last name. Growing up in America... and looking back at my ancestors, who came in on Ellis Island, and learning about where I came from is intriguing. Personally it saddens me to see people hate or fear a name without seeing a heart. I love waking up with this name every day... because without it I would have never learned to understand others pain or better show compassion to those around me. Names do define us individually. It’s up to us to allow what we call ourselves to negatively impact our own life or those around us.
SoozieQ  11/4/2017
The hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt read "Isis", "Ra", and "El."
eddievegas316  10/7/2017
People use Chad and Jordan, so what's wrong with Israel? Israel is a biblical name even.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2017
If you're bashing this name because it's also the name of the country and because of anti-semitism or whatever, just remember that the country was named after the name. "Israel" was a Biblical given name long before the State of Israel got its name. As the history itself states, "The ancient and modern states of Israel took their names from him".
― Anonymous User  7/10/2017
Kid would get teased with this name.
Luvbug86  7/3/2017
Singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959–1997).
DundiculutNicholas  6/14/2017
I would consider using this name if it wasn't for the whole Palestine thing.
S-Genesis  1/1/2017
I like this name; especially the short form Izzy. Very original!
Jake Fax  6/26/2016
Israel is my given name. I have always liked my name and take pride in it. I served in the US ARMY for 7 years, and yes a lot of people didn't like my name while serving in Iraq. Some people actually went as far as saying that I couldn't be named that, which I thought was funny because this was usually people at the other end of my barrel. I've always enjoyed being named Israel. If you are named Israel, be proud of it.
Israel burks  2/6/2016
I quite like this name despite the criminal, Apartheid state.
Gregory Woodrow  11/7/2015
I liked this name until Jill Duggar used it on her kid, especially because of the rather cringe-worthy reasons she and her husband had for using it. Now I'm afraid that people are going to be using it only because of that obnoxious reality show couple.
Buneary  5/10/2015
This is the name of the new Duggar baby from 19 Kids And Counting. Full name Israel David Dillard. His mother is Jill, the fourth child in the family.
mmcurliq42311  4/9/2015
I love and revere the sight and sound of this name. I actually know of a 20-something Izrael - his English parents deliberately went with the "wrong" spelling so not to have their son's name confused with the modern state.
Just Jonquil  3/5/2015
Why is this name rated so low? It's much better than so many names out there. I don't love it, but it certainly doesn't deserve such a low rating.
― Anonymous User  12/25/2014
I'm Arab and I don't mind this name at all. I actually kind of like it and, as the previous user says, it's better than some crap being given to kids these days.
Ali Hassan  2/20/2015
This does not sound nice for a name to be honest. :|
― Anonymous User  3/15/2014
I've always pronounced the county as Is Ree Uhl, and I do the same for the name.
AshM13  6/11/2012
Israel would have to have a twin called Jordan.
Hushpuppy  7/10/2011
Most people don't like the name because it's so different, but I love it! I like it for a girl and would pronounce it... Is Ray Ell instead of Is Ray Ul. Does anybody else like this name like that?
― Anonymous User  11/6/2010
Before the comment section becomes a political battlefield, I would like to comment that Israel was a name before it was an ancient nation, and therefore obviously before it was the modern nation, and it is simply an alternative way of naming someone after the Biblical Jacob, and "Israel" should be no more controversial, in my opinion, than "Jacob" is.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2010
Israel as a modern-day country does NOT have a long history; in fact, only after WWII. I'm not anti-semitic (I know a lot of Jewish people and have no problem with the Jewish faith), but I am anti-zionist. Not the same thing. I know several Palestinians, very nice people. But this is no place for politics. You can draw your own conclusions. Other than the fact that I dislike the country, I dislike the sound of the name. Add to that the fact it sounds like something a pro-Israel extremist would name their child, and well, the only thing it has going for it is that it does look quite nice written down.
― Anonymous User  9/30/2009
Looks like some of the commenters here didn't see that the rules of the site say no "harassing, rude, vulgar, or off-topic" comments.

Please don't say that "this is no place for politics" if you're going to contradict yourself. You seriously think "it sounds like something a pro-Israel extremist would name their child"? Oh, please! Do not say you don't hate Jews if you are going to insult a traditional Jewish name. Also, the Jews are sometimes referred to as "the Children of Israel", a prominent Biblical character.

Israel was a given name for thousands of years, and the modern state did not invent the name. In modern Israel, the name is actually not used so much anymore as it too associated with the older generations (similar to how Milton is considered an "old man's name" in the US).

Jewish immigrants in the US from the 19th century (a long time before the state was founded) with the name Israel would often change their names to Irving, Ira or Isidore to be more Americanized. They'd keep Israel as their Hebrew name. The Yiddish speaking Jews from Eastern Europe would pronounce it Yisroel ("yiss-ROY-uhl").

In 1938, the Nazi Regime had forced Jews who did not have a “typically Jewish name” to add Israel or Sarah to their names in order to easily identify them (law #174).

The name Israel has been rising in popularity in recent years, just like many other meaningful Biblical names.
Tiger Lilly  6/9/2013
In Spanish, Israel is pronounced ees-rah-elle. It's a nice name, it flows smoothly and I would totally use it except I know many people would probably be a little iffy towards it. But this would be perfect for a middle name as well.
veronica.voodoo  7/1/2009
Israel has a much more attractive sound and spelling than Palistine, Iran, Iraq, or any other Middle Eastern nation, and a long history. Israel would be an excellent middle name for a child.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2009
In 1938, Germany forced all Jewish men to add Israel to their names, and all Jewish women to add Sarah.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  4/14/2009
It sounds ugly and like "is real". Even worse, it will arouse the anger of Palestinians and anti-Zionists.
bananarama  4/9/2009
A famous bearer is singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959–1997).
diamondberries  9/18/2008
It may have been used for some time now, but sheesh, it's a country.
slight night shiver  6/6/2008
In my neck of the woods (which would be the Northeast America) Israel (both the country and the person) is pronounced "IHZ-ree-el". [noted -ed]
Lady Seashell  4/18/2008
I prefer the true Hebrew version, Yis-RAH-el or Yis-rah-EL. Usually spelled Yisroel or Yisrael as a name.
Luanna  1/15/2008
Zach Braff's (of Scrubs fame) middle name is Israel.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2008
"He who fights with God and wins" is the proper Hebrew to English translation.
Ironrod  1/11/2006
More like "He who fights with God and God lets him win." LOL. Is-ra-el was just a shorter way to say all that. :D Jacob still limped afterward, though.
Atarah Derek  7/11/2007
The name means Prince of God.
― Anonymous User  11/21/2005
It does not mean "Prince of God" (where do you get this stuff?), it means "one who wrestled with God".
noae  12/30/2005
This name is pronounced is-rah-ehl in Hebrew.
Miss Claire  12/5/2004

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