I always think of Moby Dick when I hear Ishmael. It sounds literary/historical American rather than Muslim to me. Eli and Amos are also rather that way - very colonial America. Tummytickler, are you from the US or do you have a background in American literature or something?
Whoops, missed the Gladys - sorry, that one is a bit much for me. I can't really get my head around the "Victorian housemaid" naming trend. Makes me think of someone with her hair tied back with a rag. Iris and Pearl are lovely though. How about Ruby or Topaz if you are into precious stone names?
Ishmael is the son of Abraham by a slave woman and he was cast out of the family and his descendants eventually formed Islam. Issac, Abrahams other son (seen as the legitimate one) descended from the Jewish race. So it would be weird to have Jewish names and then a Muslim name, but hey, each to their own!
I had known that Ishmael was a Muslim name(the two we know are both Muslim), but i think it sounds nice with our little Jewish boys! But there are other names out there! Dh loves it though! lisianthus - no iam not American, and i agree that to me Ishmael does not sound as though it should be used exclusively by Muslims. I dont know though! Hmmmm.
Ishmael is my favourite boy's name. It's from the Bible, so not exclusively Muslim. It's on my shortlist, in the top three. I will be disappointed if you choose it, because I wanted mine to be the only one!
I like Ishmael and have taught lots of lovely ones, not all Muslim. I do think it might be a bit much with your other names though. Having said that it is much, much, much better than Boaz, which is truly terrible.
Gladys - I don't like it at all. Iris and Pearl are lovely. How about Violet? Lydia? Lilian?
I went to Christian camps as a child with a musician called Ishmael, I would not have known the connection to Islam. Love Boaz. I had wanted to call a sausage dog Gladys to go with my jack russell Colin, instead have a spaniel called Margaret.
How about Glory for a girl? Saw that as a mn suggestion somewhere