Its source is Yisrael, a Hebrew name meaning "Struggles with God."
The name Isreal ranked 1129th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
This name could also be interpreted as ''God's prince.'' Given to the scriptural character Jacob after he wrestled with God's angel (some commentators say with God Himself), this name stands for both the Jewish people and for the state they re-established in the 20th century.