Ishmael

Ishmael - A very unique male name



  Apr 29,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Ishmael, meaning God will hear, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1914 on position #954. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Ishmael and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Ishmael? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Ishmael. The baby boy name Ishmael was given to 80 baby boys in 2012, ranking #1317 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 20,513 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Ishmael peaked in popularity 101 years ago in 1916 on position 779.



Famous with this name

J. Ishmael
Ishmael Harris
Ishmael Beah


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Ishmael is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Ishmael is currently topping the baby name charts in Florida at position #700 - and is the least popular in California at position #1,374.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Ishmael is where you live.


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Ishmael origin and meaning

Ishmael is a 7 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means God will hear. To see famous people named Ishmael, pop culture references for the name Ishmael and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Ishmael

We've found the following names that sound similar to Ishmael, sorted by popularity.

Ismael / Ismail / Izmael / Ismaeel / Ishmel / Ismaila /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
20121317
20111233
20101421
20091483
20081506
20071381
20061382
20051279
20041202
20031408
20021206
20011051
2000940
19991031
1998976
1997888
1996917
1995971
19941014
19931028
19921047
19911180
19901249
19891625
19882477
19871311
19861313
19851240
19841071
19831152
19821406
19811291
19801126
19791293
19781323
19771862
19751139
19741265
19731901
19721887
19711344
19701835
19641665
19551657
19541646
19521350
19501218
19391520
19371395
19361392
19351340
19331327
19321382
19261122
19251610
19241695
19231523
19221661
19211134
19201834
19191462
19181537
19171495
1916779
19151228
1914954

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Florida700
New Jersey802
New York859
Pennsylvania882
Georgia1112
Texas1259
California1374

Even more about Ishmael


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Ishmael a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Ishmael?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1916
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Ishmael
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 20,513
Letter count 7
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1914
2012 births +80

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