Gender: Male Meaning of Israel: "he who struggles with God" Origin of Israel: Hebrew Israel's Popularity in 2018: #241

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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Rank in US: #241

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Famous People Named Israel

Pop Culture References for the name Israel

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.