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Israel Name Meaning

Jewish German Welsh English Haitian and African (mainly Nigeria and Tanzania): from the Hebrew personal name Yisra’el in German and English Israel ‘Fighter of God’. In the Bible this is a byname bestowed on Jacob after he had wrestled with the angel at the ford of Jabbok (Genesis 324–8). In Germany it was used as a personal name in the Middle Ages among Christians too and in Wales and southern England it was used among Nonconformists from the 17th century onward. Jewish: surname adopted by Jews with reference to the ancient Kingdom of Israel destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC or to the concept of Jewish nationhood or in modern times to the state of Israel. Altered form of English Ezell .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ismail, Turkel, Distel, Gruel, Birkel, Isabel, Missel, Immel, Armel

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Where is the Israel family from?

You can see how Israel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Israel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Israel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Israel families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Israel's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Israel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Israel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Israel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Israel. 15% of Israel men worked as a Salesman and 7% of Israel women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Israel were Proprietor and Saleslady. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Israel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Israel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Israel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Israel. For the veterans among your Israel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Israel lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Israel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Israel in 1941 was 27, and 75 in 2004.

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