Israel \i-srael, is-rael\ as a boy's name is pronounced IS-rah-el. It is of Hebrew origin. Possibly "God perseveres, contends". Biblical: when Jacob, son of Isaac, was in his nineties, God changed his name to Israel as a token of blessing. His 12 sons became the ancestors of the Israelite nation. Author Israel Shenker.
Israel has 1 variant form: Yisrael.