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since 1880

Ishmael

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will hear
  • #3472 All Time
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How popular is the name "Ishmael" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1892 5 0 5
1893 7 0 7
1896 5 0 5
1901 6 0 6
1904 6 0 6
1907 5 0 5
1910 9 0 9
1911 8 0 8
1912 31 0 31
1913 23 0 23
1914 36 0 36
1915 38 0 38
1916 49 0 49
1917 43 0 43
1918 28 0 28
1919 31 0 31
1920 37 0 37
1921 36 0 36
1922 38 0 38
1923 35 0 35
1924 25 0 25
1925 28 0 28
1926 46 0 46
1927 29 0 29
1928 27 0 27
1929 20 0 20
1930 26 0 26
1931 20 0 20
1932 25 0 25
1933 24 0 24
1934 26 0 26
1935 22 0 22
1936 23 0 23
1937 22 0 22
1938 18 0 18
1939 17 0 17
1940 18 0 18
1941 10 0 10
1942 20 0 20
1943 17 0 17
1944 8 0 8
1945 12 0 12
1946 15 0 15
1947 13 0 13
1948 13 0 13
1949 20 0 20
1950 22 0 22
1951 14 0 14
1952 22 0 22
1953 14 0 14
1954 20 0 20
1955 15 0 15
1956 12 0 12
1957 15 0 15
1958 13 0 13
1959 17 0 17
1960 9 0 9
1961 22 0 22
1962 14 0 14
1963 14 0 14
1964 19 0 19
1965 12 0 12
1966 13 0 13
1967 14 0 14
1968 19 0 19
1969 19 0 19
1970 18 0 18
1971 29 0 29
1972 22 0 22
1973 34 0 34
1974 47 0 47
1975 42 0 42
1976 33 0 33
1977 47 0 47
1978 43 0 43
1979 57 0 57
1980 55 0 55
1981 60 0 60
1982 56 0 56
1983 60 0 60
1984 59 0 59
1985 59 0 59
1986 50 0 50
1987 44 0 44
1988 37 0 37
1989 58 0 58
1990 86 0 86
1991 97 0 97
1992 112 0 112
1993 117 0 117
1994 122 0 122
1995 126 0 126
1996 141 0 141
1997 152 0 152
1998 146 0 146
1999 133 0 133
2000 145 0 145
2001 142 0 142
2002 118 0 118
2003 106 0 106
2004 124 0 124
2005 124 0 124
2006 113 0 113
2007 115 0 115
2008 100 0 100
2009 117 0 117
2010 111 0 111
2011 133 0 133
2012 127 0 127
2013 121 0 121
2014 137 0 137

Want to know about the populiarty of Ishmael? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,320 babies born with the name Ishmael in the United States. That's more than enough Ishmaels to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Ishmael" was in 1997 with a total of 152 babies.

According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Ishmael" is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2014. Across the entire United States a total of only 137 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Where is the name Ishmael popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Ishmael in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ishmael" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ishmael as well as things modernly associated with the name Ishmael such as celebrities named Ishmael.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Ishmael

The name "Ishmael" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "God will hear". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Alternative Meanings

I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.

S is for superb, a great attitude about life.

H is for handy, the helpful you.

M is for mighty, your inner strength.

A is for activities, for you have many.

E is for elegant, born within you.

L is for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Your name in reverse order is "Leamhsi". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Liahmse". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Ishmael born May 29, 1957

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Japan approximately on 1700. Your profession was shepherd, horseman, and forester.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

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