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Gender: Male Meaning of Israel: "he who struggles with God" Origin of Israel: Hebrew Israel's Popularity in 2017: #235

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 "Elimination CAF".

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.

Find other names based on Israel using our baby name generator.

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 (b.2015), son of reality TV personality Jill (Duggar) and Derick 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)


amberleejimenez Says:


It is also the name of a Prophet in the Bible.

Samsonite Says:


Awful. Country names are not baby names.

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Essa Says:


This could be so cute with the nickname Izzy.

AlexxisLynn Says:


Love it! Sounds very strong and masculine, and great for Jewish families looking to honor the Jewish State.

kiwipop Says:


Me too

beeba Says:


I'm starting to really like this name.