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Ishmael Meaning


What does Ishmael mean?

The name Ishmael is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Ishmael is "G-d has heard".

Ishmael is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 7 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Ish-may-el.

The Given Name Ishmael

Ishmael is the anglicized form of the biblical Hebrew Yishmael.

The name derives from the Hebrew elements shema meaning "hear, heard" and el meaning "G-d".

In the Bible, Ishmael is the first son of Abraham by Sarah's Egyptian handmaiden Hagar.

Ishmael Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 1,312 in baby name popularity for boys with 138 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 1,183 in baby name popularity for boys with 157 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

Want to see how Ishmael sizes up? How it compares to some other names? Then check out the Ishmael Name Popularity Page.

Ishmael Related Names

The names Esmail, Ismael, Ismaela, Ismail, Ismo, Yishmael are all forms of Ishmael.

Famous Ishmaels

  • Ishmael ~ Biblical Character (1 Chr. 8:38, 2 Chr. 19:11, 2 Chr. 23:1, Ezra 10:22, Gen. 16:15, Jer. 40:8)

Ishmael Numerology

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Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Ishmael.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Ishmael Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Ishmael in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Ishmael.

Just for fun, see the name Ishmael in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Ishmael in Nautical Flags page.