"he who struggles with God"

Israel Origin and Meaning

The name Israel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "he who struggles with God".

Though it was used by the Puritans in the sixteenth century, the founding of the modern Jewish state in 1948 transformed Israel from a traditional favorite into an icon of Judaism.

In the Bible, Israel was the name bestowed by God upon Jacob after he wrestled with an angel.

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Famous People Named Israel

  • Israelname given to Jacob when he wrestled with God in the Bible
  • Israel Isidore Balinebirth name of American composer Irving Berlin
  • Israel HoughtonAmerican musician
  • Israel PutnamAmerican Revolutionary War general
  • Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'oleHawaiian musician
  • Israel DaggNew Zealand rugby player
  • Israel FolauAustralian rugby player
  • Israel David Dillard (b.2015)son of reality TV personality Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard
  • Israel Blue 'Izzy' Grammer (b. 2020)daughter of Andy and Aijia Grammer.

Israel in Pop Culture

  • Israelnation in the Middle East

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