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Scriptsისიდორე Georgian
PronouncedPron.IZ-!-dawr English
EE-ZEE-DAWR French
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Meaning & History

From the Greek name Ισιδωρος (Isidoros) which meant "gift of Isis", derived from the name of the Egyptian goddess ISIS combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift". Saint Isidore of Seville was a 6th-century archbishop, historian and theologian.

Though it has never been popular in the English-speaking world among Christians, it has historically been a common name for Jews, who have used it as an Americanized form of names such as Isaac, Israel and Isaiah.
VariantsIsadore, Isador English
DiminutivesIssy, Izzy English
Other Languages & CulturesIsidoros Ancient Greek Isidor German Isidoro Italian Isidorus Late Roman Isidor Macedonian Izydor Polish Isidor Russian Izidor Slovene Isidoro, Isidro Spanish

Images

Depiction of Isidore of Seville by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1655)Depiction of Isidore of Seville by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1655)

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Entry updated December 8, 2017