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Gender: M Meaning of Israel: "he who struggles with God" Origin of Israel: Hebrew Israel's Popularity in 2013: #245

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The founding of the modern Jewish state in 1948 transformed Israel from a traditional Jewish favorite into an icon of Judaism, which has limited its appeal. Still, it was given to about one thousand four hundred baby boys born in the U. S. in the last year counted.

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Famous People Named Israel

Bible: Name given to Jacob when he wrestled with God
Israel Houghton, American gospel musician
Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general
Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian musician
Rafaella Israel Mosberg, daughter of actress Jemima Kirke
Israel Dagg, New Zealand rugby player.
Israel Arvizu, son of "Korn" bassist Reginald Arvizu
Israel Folau, Australian Rugby Union player

Pop Culture References for the Name Israel

Israel, nation in the Middle East

Issy, Izrael, Izzy, Yisrael

Israel's International Variations

Israil (Russian) Ysrael, Isareal, Isra, Isreal, Israh (Spanish) Iser, Sroel, Issur (Yiddish)