The meaning of the name “Isaac” is: “Laughter; the laughing one;”.
Additional information: Isaac is a masculine name from the Hebrew Yitzchak that means ‘he laughs’, and it is the name of the son of Abraham and Sarah, the husband of Rebecca and the father of Jacob and Esau in the Old Testament. Sarah could not bear children and was already very aged at the time of his conception. She chose the name Isaac because she had laughed at the messengers of God announcing that she would finally have a son.
The name was more common among Jewish people until the Protestant Reformation, when biblical names such as Isaac, Joshua, and Noah became much more widespread. As a Hebrew name it has other Hebrew variants because of the different ways to Anglicise its spelling – Itzhak and Yitzchak are two alternative ways to spell Isaac. The name Sarina is a feminine Hebrew name that means ‘One Who Laughs’, making it a suitable alternative for Isaac. Common nicknames for Isaac are Ike, Ise, Izzy, and Sekel, and foreign language variants include Sahak (Armenian), Isaak (German), and Izsák (Hungarian). Isaac is sometimes misspelled as ‘Issac’, ‘Isac’, and ‘Isacc’.
The name Isaac was in the top hundred boys names in the United States during much of the latter part of the nineteenth century, but then its usage dwindled until it could barely reach the top two hundred names for boys. It wasn’t until the nineties that its popularity began to grow again; Isaac has remained in the top fifty names since 2001, and it was the 31st most popular name in 2014. Isaac has seen similar popularity trends in England and Wales, and became the 25th most popular name for boys in 2014.
Famous celebrities with the name Isaac include Isaac Asimov (American science fiction author), Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer), and Sir Isaac Newton (physicist and mathematician) who developed three laws of motion - the basis of modern engineering and Isaac Singer who founded the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Fictional characters with the name Isaac are Isaac Mendez from the television series Heroes, Isaac Davis from the film Manhattan, and Isaac Kleiner from the Half-Life video game series.
Modern legend says that Isaac Newton was the inventor of the cat door, but this actually came from a different contemporary legend – that Isaac Newton, when his cat had kittens, had a second cat hole cut into the door for the kittens to go through, not considering that the kittens could just go through the larger hole.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Isaac for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Isaac is a boy name.
The name Isaac is of Hebrew origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Isaac we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Isaac Name Meaning
The meaning of Isaac is “Laughter; the laughing one;”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Isaac and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Isaac and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Isaac is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Isaac Categories
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Popularity of the Name Isaac
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Isaac displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Isaac Boy Name Popularity Chart
Isaac Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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