Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Ishmael m. Hebrew יִשְׁמָעֵאל 'God hears'.

The name of the Biblical son of Abraham and Hagar, and of a few other minor Biblical characters. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Ismael.

The Welsh name Isfael was sometimes spelled Ismael, which was then confused with Ishmael; these two names are distinct in origin.

Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Ishmael". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2019, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2019/1/name/Ishmael.