This boy named Israel has a crush on my friend, he's constantly being cringey and annoying, as well as impolite towards people I know. Everybody I've met with this name has gotten on my nerves in some way. I think I personally just have bad experiences with people named Israel but I don't really like the name. It kind of bores me tbh. Meh.
This is my name (I was born named differently) I love this name with all of my heart. I love it, It makes me smile and gives me confidence. I remember when we learned the new testament how the teacher explained to us that the name means "Won the god". Since then I slowly fell in love with this. I am Israela and I will always be!
Some have mentioned this name or its variants being used for girls. This is a traditionally masculine name, but there is a not-very-common feminine variant Yisraela that I love.
This is a perfectly lovely name.
Name of the day July 10, 2021.
Israel is one of my favorite names of all time, for either gender. It is just so, so beautiful. To be named after the Holy Land is a true blessing. Gorgeous name.
Israel is also a Swedish given name. The name day for Israel in Sweden is December 20.
It's a very bold, strong sounding name. I like it.
Also used in Spanish.

There are 19.553 bearers of this name in Spain (source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística).

The Spanish pronunciation of Israel is iz-ra-EHL. [noted -ed]
What I personally like about this name is on how easy it is to remember and on the merit of it being uncommon, at least where I am from. Overall, a good name if I do say so myself.
Israel isn’t a unisex name. Get your facts straight.
I love it. I prefer the Iz-ray-el pronunciation though. Anyways, I love this name and country names are cool. It is not common which is nice:)
Beautiful. Both pronunciations roll off the tongue nicely. I do think it is unisex though.
One of rival Barry's default names, found in the Spanish version of Pokemon.
I like it, but it might be seen as a political statement.
Israel Putnam or "Old Put" was an American war hero who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill in the American War of Independence.
How come so many people in the comments are ignoring the fact that the country of Israel was named after a person?
Israel is a blessed name.
For those of you who are skeptical about how it is the name of a country, it was the name of a person- the country is named after the person.
It's also the name of the country in the Middle East.
Bruh, this name is awesome!
It is literally the name of God's chosen people. I have a couple of friends named Israel and the name is awesome!
It sounds elegant, confident, and sound. Plus, it rolls right off the tongue unless you're trying to say it poorly.
City names are okay, but country names? Nah.
I know it was definitely a name before it was a country, but I really don't like the association with the country Israel.
Israel Gelfand, (1913-2009), famous Russian-American mathematician. With his works including group theory, representation theory, and functional analysis.
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.
The hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt read "Isis", "Ra", and "El."
People use Chad and Jordan, so what's wrong with Israel? Israel is a biblical name even.
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".
Kid would get teased with this name.
Singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959–1997).
I would consider using this name if it wasn't for the whole Palestine thing.
I like this name; especially the short form Izzy. Very original!
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.
I quite like this name despite the criminal, Apartheid state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This does not sound nice for a name to be honest. :|
I've always pronounced the county as Is Ree Uhl, and I do the same for the name.
Israel would have to have a twin called Jordan.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1938, Germany forced all Jewish men to add Israel to their names, and all Jewish women to add Sarah.
It sounds ugly and like "is real". Even worse, it will arouse the anger of Palestinians and anti-Zionists.
A famous bearer is singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959–1997).
It may have been used for some time now, but sheesh, it's a country.
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]
I prefer the true Hebrew version, Yis-RAH-el or Yis-rah-EL. Usually spelled Yisroel or Yisrael as a name.
Zach Braff's (of Scrubs fame) middle name is Israel.
"He who fights with God and wins" is the proper Hebrew to English translation.
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.
The name means Prince of God.
It does not mean "Prince of God" (where do you get this stuff?), it means "one who wrestled with God".
This name is pronounced is-rah-ehl in Hebrew.

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