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Gender: M Meaning of Israel: "he who struggles with God" Origin of Israel: Hebrew Israel's Popularity in 2015: #240

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. Still, it was given to more than 1500 baby boys born in the U. S. in 2015, well used in both the Jewish and Latino communities.

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

Famous People Named Israel

Israel, name given to Jacob when he wrestled with God in the Bible
Israel Isidore Baline, birth name of American composer Irving Berlin
Israel Houghton, American musician
Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general
Israel "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian musician
Israel Dagg, New Zealand rugby player
Israel Folau, Australian rugby player
Israel David Dillard, son of reality TV personality Jill (Duggar) Dillard

Pop Culture References for the name Israel

Israel, nation in the Middle East

Issy, Izrael, Izzy, Yisrael

Israel's International Variations

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