Given Name ISAAC

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִצְחָק (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: IE-zək (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.

As an English Christian name, Isaac was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, though it was more common among Jews. It became more widespread after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers include the physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

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VARIANT: Issac (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Ike (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Sahak (Armenian), Isaak (Biblical Greek), Yitzhak (Biblical Hebrew), Isak (Danish), Izaäk, Sjaak, Sjakie (Dutch), Iisakki, Iikka, Iiro (Finnish), Isaak (German), Itzhak, Yitzhak (Hebrew), Izsák (Hungarian), Isak (Norwegian), Izaak (Polish), Isaak (Russian), Isak (Swedish)
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Canada (BC)
2015
  Catalonia
2014
  Chile
2014
  England and Wales
2015
  France
2015
  Ireland
2015
  Mexico
2013
  Netherlands
2016
  New Zealand
2015
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Portugal
2016
  Scotland
2016
  Spain
2015