Israel: baby boy name meaning and popularity

Israel

Derived from the Hebrew name Yisra’el, meaning “God contended.” In the Old Testament, Israel was the name bestowed upon Jacob after he wrestled with an angel. Your little Israel will do plenty of wrestling, but probably just with other kids. Who are probably not angels.

Nicknames:

Iz, Izzy.

Famous people named Israel:

Musicians Israel Houghton and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole; rugby players Israel Folau and Israel Dagg; Revolutionary War general Israel Putnam

Fun fact:

Legendary American composer Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline.

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