The name Israel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "he who struggles with God". Israel is ranked #235 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".
From the experts:
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.