GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִשָּׂשׁכָר (Ancient Hebrew), Ισσαχαρ (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: IS-ə-kahr (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Possibly means "man of hire" or "there is reward", from Hebrew שָׁכַר (shakhar) meaning "hire, wage, reward". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the twelve sons of Jacob and Leah and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. A justification for the name's meaning is given in Genesis 30:18.


biblical, sons of Jacob, sons of Leah, twelve tribes of Israel, uncertain etymology
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Yissakhar (Biblical Hebrew), Yissakhar (Hebrew)
Entry updated May 31, 2018