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Biblical name, originally the byname (meaning ‘he who strives with God’ in Hebrew) given to Jacob after he had wrestled with an angel: ‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed’ (Genesis 32:28). The name was later applied to his descendants, the Children of Israel, and was chosen as the name of the modern Jewish state. The given name was used by the Puritans in the 16th century, but is now once again almost exclusively a Jewish name.
878th in the U.S.

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Tens of Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
53,138
to be exact
Texas
has the most people named Israel per capita
2007
marked the height of its popularity
0.23%
99.77%
5%
55+
21%
30-54
19%
13-29
55%
0-12

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