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Why is it that we find Jews (and even sages) by the name Yishmael? It seems rather strange that we would choose to name our children after someone who was the progenitor of a nation seen to be an enemy of the Jewish people for generations? We never saw a Jew called Esav.
This question has an answer why we dont name Yishmael anymore, but my question is why did we ever name our children Yishmael?