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Ishmael

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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

Fun Facts about the name Ishmael

  • How many people with the first name Ishmael have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,469 babies born with the first name Ishmael in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ishmael to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ishmael? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Ishmael first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ishmael is Sunday, April 19th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Ishmael born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ishmael was in 1997 with a total of 152 babies.
  • Random Ishmael Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ishmael is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Ishmael: Your name in reverse order is Leamhsi. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Simhale. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ishmael? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,750 people with the last name Ishmael.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ishmael? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ishmael as their last name since less than 1 person in 108k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Ishmael as a first name

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Popularity of Ishmael as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ishmael U.S.
  White 65.20% 64.26%
  African American 19.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ishmael

People with the last name Ishmael are most frequently White or African American

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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.

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.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person who is rejected (from society or home)
  2. (Old Testament) the son of Abraham who was cast out after the birth of Isaac; considered the forebear of 12 Arabian tribes

From Hebrew יִשְׁמָעֵאל (yishma'él (yišmāʿēl), “God hears, God will hear”).

  1. (Abrahamic religions) The eldest son of Abraham and his wife's handmaiden Hagar who were cast out after the birth of Isaac; traditionally the ancestor of the Arabs via the Ishmaelites.
  2. A male given name.

Other Inspirations for the Name Ishmael

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Ishmael Brewer
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What does the name Ishmael mean?

Iis for immaculate, keeping it tidy

Sis for self respect, a solid score here.

His for hug, give one today!

Mis for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

Ais for accepting, your forgiving nature.

Eis for early, promptness is a virtue

Lis for loyalty, that you show.

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