Name: Ishmael

Origin and Meaning of the Name Ishmael

  • Meaning:
    God will listen
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (ISH may el)
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Miscellaneous Info for Ishmael

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    English speaking countries
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    In the Hebrew Bible, Ishmael is the first son of the patriarch Abraham. According to tradition, it was Ishmael who engendered the Arab people. He is also reputed to have built the foundations of the Ka'aba in Mecca.

    Ishmael is the name of the narrator of Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick." The tome's opening phrase "Call me Ishmael" is among the most famous in English literature.

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