Name: Israel

Origin and Meaning of the Name Israel

  • Meaning:
    God wrestler
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    (IS rah el)
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    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Transcription of the Hebrew Yisrael which is from the Hebrew words meaning "to struggle; wrestle; contend" and "God". Another suggested meaning is "Prince of God".
    In the Old Testament, when Jacob wrestled with the angel, he received the new name of Israel.
    Israel is also the name of the ancestral kingdom of the Hebrew people and of the new Hebrew state.

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