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Gender Masculine
Scripts יִשְׂרָאֵל(Hebrew) Ἰσραήλ(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. IZ-ray-əl(English)
IZ-ree-əl(English)
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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.

Related Names

VariantsYisroel, Iser, Issur(Yiddish)
DiminutivesIssy, Izzy(English)
Other Languages & CulturesYisra'el(Biblical Hebrew) Israhel(Biblical Latin) Yisrael(Hebrew)
User SubmissionIsraël

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Jacob wrestling the angel, in a detail from a fresco by Eugène Delacroix (1861)Jacob wrestling the angel, in a detail from a fresco by Eugène Delacroix (1861)

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