Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- 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
- Comparatively recent adoption of the Biblical
name in Britain among Nonconformists, especially in Wales.
- altered form of Ezell.
This name appears in the following lists:
Comments for Israel