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Hebrew Names Starting with I

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Of Hebrew origin, the meaning of Ilan is 'tree' in the Hebrew language. It also originates from South India, where the name means 'youth' or 'being young'. It is a masculine name, most common in Israel, and used as a first name or surname. Famous people with this name include the Israeli sculptor Ilan Averbuch, the Israeli soccer player Ilan Bakhar, and the Israeli businessman Ilan Ben-Dov. The name also belongs to the Israeli microbiologist Ilan Chet, the American political scientist Ilan Berman, and the Venezuelan singer Ilan Chester. Other notable figures with this name include Ilan Davis, a professor of cell biology at the University of Oxford and Ilan Gilon, an Israeli politician. There is also Ilan Moskovitch, an Israeli movie producer, and Eli Ilan, an Israeli sculptor, who have Ilan as their surname.

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The meaning of Ira in Hebrew is ‘watchful’, ‘observant’, ‘full-grown’. In Sanskrit, Ira is a shorter version of Iravati, who is the goddess of knowledge, music, art, learning and wisdom, Goddess Saraswati. Ira is also an alternate version of the Greek goddess Hera’s name. The goddess of women, family, marriage and childbirth, Hera is the sister and wife of Zeus and thus, the queen of all gods. She rules over Mount Olympus, the highest mountain of Greece. Ira is also mentioned in the Bible, where Ira the Jairite was the priest, chief minister, chief ruler of King David.

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The name Isaac is a prominent name in the Holy Bible. This Hebrew name is derived from ‘yitzhaq’, a Hebrew word that means ‘one has laughed’ or ‘one has rejoiced’. So, the meaning of Isaac is ‘laughter’. In the Bible, Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. God once instructed Abraham to offer his loving son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. Though Abraham was hesitant initially, he proceeded with the demand. As Isaac was about to be sacrificed, one of God’s angels appeared and stopped Abraham, after acknowledging his dedication to God. Instead, Abraham then sacrificed a ram. Isaac is one of the three patriarchs of the Israelites, the other two being Isaac’s father Abraham and Isaac’s son Jacob. Apart from Isaac in the Bible, the most well known Isaac is Sir Isaac Newton, who is known for his remarkable contributions to physics and mathematics, such as his discovery of gravity.

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Isaiah is a name with Hebrew origins and it is found in the Holy Bible. The name comes from the Hebrew word 'yeshayahu', so the meaning of Isaiah is 'God is salvation'. Isaiah is known as one of the most significant Holy Prophets in the Holy Bible, for his prophecies. It has a number of different spellings in different languages, such as Isaija in Greek and Isaj in Polish. There have been a number of religious figures throughout history with the name Isaiah, the most noted being Isaiah I of Armenia, who was the head bishop in Armenia in the first century. In modern times, Isaiah Bradley in the name of a character in Marvel Comics, also known as his codename 'Captain America'.

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God Contended', 'Wrestles with God', 'Triumphant with God'

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