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Ismail Name Meaning

Muslim: from an Arabic personal name, ’Isma?il, name of a Prophet (Biblical Ishmael), son of Ibrahim (Abraham). Ibrahim left his second wife Hajar (Hagar) and their small son Ismail in the wilderness outside Mecca with only a short supply of food and water. Allah took pity on them and caused the well of Zamzam to spurt up in that desolate place, which saved their lives. Later, Ibrahim sought out his son Ismail, and together they built the Ka‘ba in Mecca, towards which all Muslims turn when praying. Arabs believe that Ismail was the founder of the Arab peoples, and for this reason Arabs are sometimes referred to as Ishmaelites. The term Ismaeli is of much more recent origin; it refers to a sect of Shiite Muslims headed by the Aga Khan, who claim descent from the Fatimid dynasty that ruled Egypt and North Africa from 909 to 1171. They take their name from Isma?il al-?Siddiq (699–765), son of the sixth Shiite imam, because they believe that the divine spirit passed to him and not to his brother Musa.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Smail, Israel, Osman, Saul, Ismael, Asmar, Jamal, Isham, Island, Iwai

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Ismail Family Origin

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Ismail Family Occupations

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In 1939, Medical Student and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Ismail.

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Medical Student

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Ismail Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Ismail. For the veterans among your Ismail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ismail Life Expectancy

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Ismail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Ismail in 1964 was 72, and 50 in 2004.

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