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Meaning of the name IshmaelMeaning of the name Ishmael

[ 3 syll. is-hmae(l), ish-ma-el ] The baby boy name Ishmael is pronounced in English as IH-SHMeyahL or IH-SHMiyahL †. Ishmael is largely used in the English and Spanish languages. It is derived from Hebrew origins. The name means God will hear. A biblical name, it is derived from the words 'shama' meaning to hear ; 'el' God, powerful. Yishmael (Hebrew) is an original form of Ishmael. The name was borne in the Bible by the first son of Abraham, who was conceived by Hagar the maidservant of his barren wife. The name was adopted on a light scale by English speakers in the 19th century. The name has been more popular in the Islamic world as the form Ismail, as the Arabs view Ishmael as their traditional ancestor.

The name Ishmael is widely used; it has 25 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. Variation transcriptions of Ishmael used in English include Esmail, Ihimaera, Isamael, Isamail, Ishma, Ishmaal, Ishmail, Ishmal, Ishmale, Ishmayl, Ishmeil, Ishmel, Ishmil, Ismaal, Ismael (used in Arabic, French, German, and Spanish as well), Ismal, Ismayl, Izmail, and Melito.

Foreign variant transcriptions include Esmael (Spanish), Isamel (Spanish), Ismail (Arabic), Ismeal (Arabic and Spanish), Ismeil (Arabic), and Ysmael (Spanish).

Ishmael is an unusual baby boy name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1998 with 0.007% of baby boys being given the name Ishmael. It had a ranking of #952 then. The baby name has declined in popularity since then, and is now of infrequent use. In 2012, among the family of boy names directly linked to Ishmael, Ismael was the most commonly used.

Baby names that sound like Ishmael include Isamael, Isamail, Isamel, Ismael, Esmail, Ishmaal, Ishmail, Ishmal, Ishmale, Ishmayl, Ishmeil, Ishmel, Ishmil, Ismal, Ismayl, Ismeil, Izmail, and Ysmael.

† Pronunciation for Ishmael: IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"

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