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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ismail

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Wiktionary

From Arabic إِسْمَاعِيل (ʾismāʿīl).

  1. (Islam) Ishmael, the first son of Abraham; traditionally the ancestor of the Arabs.

Ismail was also found in the following language(s): Albanian

Notable Persons Named Ismail

Ismail Enver was a Minister of War and Imperial Government (Ottoman Empire). Ismail was born on November 22nd, 1881 in Constantinople. He breathed his last breath on August 4th, 1922.

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Ismail I is a monarch. He holds the title 50, Shahanshah of Iran, 50px, and Shah. His career lasted from 1501 to 1524.

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Ismail Kadare is a writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to present. Ismail was born on January 28th, 1936 in Gjirokastër, Kingdom of Albania.

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Ismail Pasha is a monarch. He holds the title Khedive of Egypt, Sudan, and KhediveofEgyptandSudan. His most notable accomplishments were from 1863 to 1879.

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Ismail Merchant was a producer, director, actor, and screenwriter. He was most prominent from 1960 to 2005. Ismail was given the name Ismail Noormuhammad Abdul Rahman on December 25th, 1936 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He passed away on May 25th, 2005.

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Ismail Darbar is a musician. Ismail was born on June 1st, 1964 in Surat, Gujarat, India.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ismail

He holds the title Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan dan Yang Dipertuan bagi Negeri dan Jajahan Takluk Johor Darul Takzim. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Ibrahim was born as the child of Iskandar of Johor on November 22nd, 1958 in Sultanah Aminah Hospital.

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Raghib Ismail is a football player. His career lasted from 1991 to 2001. Raghib was born on November 18th, 1969 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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Sherif Ismail is a Prime Minister of Egypt, Minister of Petroleum, and Ministry of Petroleum (Egypt). Sherif was born on July 6th, 1955.

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He was most active from 2008 to present. Azharuddin was given the name Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail in 1998 in Mumbai.

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Emma Maembong is an actress, arts artist, model, actor, model (people), and arts artist andmodel. She was most active from 2012 to present. Emma was given the name Fatimah Rohani binti Ismail on March 27th, 1992 in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.

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Wallid Ismail is a martial artist. Wallid was born on February 23rd, 1968 in Manaus.

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How popular is the baby name Ismail in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1962 5 0 5
1964 7 0 7
1970 7 0 7
1971 5 0 5
1972 9 0 9
1973 8 0 8
1974 7 0 7
1975 14 0 14
1976 16 0 16
1977 19 0 19
1978 24 0 24
1979 29 0 29
1980 30 0 30
1981 22 0 22
1982 25 0 25
1983 31 0 31
1984 20 0 20
1985 17 0 17
1986 18 0 18
1987 24 0 24
1988 28 0 28
1989 32 0 32
1990 42 0 42
1991 56 0 56
1992 35 0 35
1993 57 0 57
1994 51 0 51
1995 52 0 52
1996 53 0 53
1997 64 0 64
1998 69 0 69
1999 65 0 65
2000 68 0 68
2001 80 0 80
2002 85 0 85
2003 84 0 84
2004 80 0 80
2005 69 0 69
2006 103 0 103
2007 101 0 101
2008 85 0 85
2009 104 0 104
2010 94 0 94
2011 119 0 119
2012 116 0 116
2013 134 0 134
2014 136 0 136
2015 158 0 158
2016 171 0 171
2017 148 0 148

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ismail U.S.
  White 44.07% 64.26%
  African American 25.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 22.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.57% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

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People with the last name Ismail are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Ismail

  • How Popular is the name Ismail? Ismail is the 5,351st most popular name of all time. As a last name Ismail was the 5,668th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ismail have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,876 babies born with the first name Ismail in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ismail to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ismail? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ismail first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ismail is Monday, September 4th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Ismail born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ismail was in 2016 with a total of 171 babies.
  • Random Ismail Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ismail is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Ismail: Your name in reverse order is Liamsi. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lsiaim. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ismail? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,126 people with the last name Ismail.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ismail? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Ismail as their last name.

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