Given Name ISRAEL

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִשְׂרָאֵל (Hebrew), Ισραηλ (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: IZ-ray-əl (English), IZ-ree-əl (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisra'el) meaning "God contends", from the roots שָׂרָה (sarah) meaning "to contend, to fight" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament Israel (who was formerly named Jacob; see Genesis 32:28) wrestles with an angel. The ancient and modern states of Israel took their names from him.
VARIANTS: Iser, Issur, Sroel (Yiddish)
DIMINUTIVES: Issy, Izzy (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Yisra'el (Biblical Hebrew), Israhel (Biblical Latin), Yisra'el, Yisrael (Hebrew)


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Entry updated July 11, 2018