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since 1880

Ishmael

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will hear
  • #3459 All Time
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How popular is the baby 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 139 0 139
2015 147 0 147

Want to know about the popularity of the Ishmael baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,469 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 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Ishmael" is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 9 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1997. Across the entire United States a total of only 152 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Where is the name Ishmael popular?

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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.

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.

Other Inspirations for the Name Ishmael

Ishmael Beah
Ishmael Ford-bey
Ishmael Moby Dick
Ishmael Sparknotes
Ishmael Bible
Ishmael Book Pdf
Ishmael Brewer
Ishmael Reed

Alternative Meanings

I is for impress, for impress you will.

S is for sensible, the practical side.

H is for hand, that you always give.

M is for mirth, your laughter.

A is for admirable, you certainly are!

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

L is for lively, your life is full of energy!

Your name in reverse order is "Leamhsi". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Lesiamh". 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 Nov 3, 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 Romania approximately on 1725. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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