Israel Family History

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Israel Name Meaning

Jewish: from the Hebrew male personal name Yisrael ‘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 32:24–8). name 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. Comparatively recent adoption of the Biblical name in Britain among Nonconformists, especially in Wales. altered form of Ezell.

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

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

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Israel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Israel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Israel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


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Israel Family Origin

Where is the Israel family from?

Israel Family Occupations

What did your Israel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Israel family was Tailor. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Israel. The most common Israel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Israel's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Israel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Israel Historical Records

What Israel family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Israel Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Israel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Israel ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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