Ismail - boys name

Ismail name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 93%

Ismail name meaning:

The name Ismail is of Arabic origin and holds significant cultural and historical significance. It is derived from the Hebrew name Yishma'el, which means "God will hear" or "God has heard." In Islamic tradition, Ismail is considered a highly respected and honored name, as it is associated with one of the great prophets, Ismail (Ishmael), the son of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his wife Hajar (Hagar).

Ismail plays a prominent role in the Abrahamic religions and is revered as one of the ancestors of the Arab people and the father of the Arab nations. According to religious texts, Ibrahim was instructed by God to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as a test of his faith. However, before the sacrifice could be carried out, God intervened and provided a ram as a substitute, symbolizing the importance of obedience and trust in divine will.

Therefore, the name Ismail carries a profound spiritual meaning, representing the belief in God's ability to hear prayers and provide guidance. It is considered a blessed name by Muslims worldwide and is often given to boys to honor the legacy of Ismail and his role in Islamic history.

Origin: Arabic

Variant of Ismael: The Biblical Ishmael is the English language equivalent. A Prophet's name.

Related names

Ismael , Ismaa'eel, Ismail

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Overall UK ranking: 316 out of 4789

148 recorded births last year

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  • Scotland (533)

Historical popularity of Ismail

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