Origin: Hebrew: יִשְׂרָאֵל
Meaning: “wrestles with God.”
The name is found in the Old Testament (Genesis 32:28 and 35:10) as the name given to the Patriarch Jacob after he had wrestled with an angel. Jacob’s descendants came to be known as the Israelites later forming the Kingdom of Israel. This is where the modern day country gets its name.
The name is very popular among Orthodox Jews but hasn’t seemed to have caught on in other circles. It is currently the 220th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Yisrael ይስራኤል (Amharic)
- Yisra’el יִשְׂרָאֵל (Hebrew)
- Izrael (Polish)
- Izrail Изра́илإِسْرَائِيل (Russian/Arabic)
- Iser (Yiddish)
- Issur (Yiddish)
- Sroel (Yiddish)