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Quick Facts on Isaac

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 29
Simple meaning:
He laughs

Characteristics of Isaac

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Isaac

Isaac is one of the oldest Biblical names, borne from the Old Testament as the son of Abraham; the son who was nearly sacrificed by his father as a burnt offering at God’s command (Genesis 22:1-13). At the very last second of this nail-biting scene, an angel descended and yelled for Abraham to stop. Apparently, God was sufficiently satisfied that Abraham would have killed his son, his only son, for Him. It was one of those perverse laboratory experiments God enjoyed playing on man before He went from being a jealous God to a kind God (ah, but we digress). The name Isaac is derived from the Hebrew “Yitzhaq” (יִצְחָק) meaning, quite literally, “he laughs”. We love this joyful etymology! Apropos, in Genesis 18:12-15, we learn why there’s an element of “laughter” in Isaac’s name. You see, God promised Abraham that Sarai (Sarah) would conceive and bear a son. When Abraham told his wife, she basically did an ancient version of LOL’ing. Why? Well, because she simply didn’t believe it. You see, Sarah was not only barren all her life, but she was now quite old (like 100 years old). In Genesis 21:6, right after Isaac was born, “Sara said, ‘God has given me cause for laughter, and whoever hears of it will laugh with me.’” Hence Isaac’s name. How can you not love the name Isaac with a story like that? It makes us want to giggle every time we see it. Of course Isaac was the son of Abraham with whom God carries on His covenant; Isaac lived on to father Esau and Jacob (by Rebecca), and the covenant goes on from there (through Jacob). Isaac has always been a distinctly Jewish name until the Puritans adopted him for usage after the Protestant Reformation. Today he “laughing” all the way to the hospital nursery and is enjoyed by Jews and Gentiles alike. In fact, Isaac is seeing international interest at the moment. He’s ranked highest in Australia (a top 20 fave), but also does quite well in the United States, England, Northern Ireland and Canada. Not to mention Spain, Catalonia and Chile.

Popularity of the Name Isaac

The name Isaac has enjoyed persistent usage in America since the days of colonization. Its low-point of popularity was during the 1960s (which was still only moderate) and its high-point of popularity is being experienced right now. Isaac first achieved Top 100 status in America in 1995 and today (2012) he’s managed to hit position #30. Remarkably, over 25% of the masculine names currently on America’s Top 100 list are from the Old Testament (Jacob, Ethan, Noah, Michael, Daniel, Elijah, Benjamin, Joshua, David, Joseph, Gabriel, Samuel, John, Nathan, Isaac, Caleb, Jonathan, Isaiah, Eli, Aaron, Jeremiah, Levi, Zachary, Josiah, Adam, Nathaniel). Clearly a highly fashionable naming trend in the United States right now. Isaac definitely has Biblical associations that are called to mind immediately upon hearing the name, but it also feels like an intellectual choice given all the accomplished Isaacs that have come and gone: inventors, physicists, Nobel laureates, composers, violinists, etc. Nicknames like Zack and Ike are always options, as well.
Popularity of the Boy Name Isaac
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Isaac

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Isaac

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Isaac

    Isaac We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Isaac.

  • Popular Songs on Isaac

    Popular Songs on Isaac

    Isaac - a song by Madonna

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Isaac

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Isaac

    Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (Kerrie Logan Hollihan) - The book introduces readers to the scientific genius, as well as the social isolation, of this giant figure, blending a readable narrative with an attractive format that incorporates maps, diagrams, historical photographs, and physics activities. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Isaac the Ice-Cream Truck (Scott Santoro) - This is the story of Isaac, a bright pink ice cream truck with a big self-esteem problem: "He felt a little silly when he looked around and saw what great things the other trucks could do." Even though people always come running when they hear his cheery song (music is provided at the end of the book), it isn't until he provides much-needed refreshment for some weary firefighters that Isaac realizes his self-worth. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Saint Isaac and the Indians (Milton Lomask) - This is the inspiring story about St. Isaac, a Jesuit missionary who worked fearlessly among the fierce Huron and Iroquois Indian tribes of North America in the 1600s. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Isaac

    Famous People Named Isaac

    Famous People Named Isaac - Isaac Bashevis Singer (Nobel Prize in literature); Isaac Albéniz (composer); Isaac Hanson (musician); Isaac Hayes (musician); Isaac Mizrahi (designer); Isaac Newton (physicist); Isaac Stern (violinist); Isaac Slade (musician); Itzhak Perlman (violinist); Isaac Singer (inventor of the sewing machine)

  • Children of Famous People Named Isaac

    Children of Famous People Named Isaac

    Famous People who Named their Son Isaac - Annie Potts (actress); Bryan Ferry (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Isaac - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sir Isaac Newton (25 Dec 1642 – 20 Mar 1727) - Born the year Galileo died, Sir Isaac Newton is considered one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. He had a profound impact on astronomy, physics, and mathematics. Born prematurely on Christmas day and after his father’s death, his mother eventually remarried and abandoned him to grandparents. This would impact him for the rest of his life, causing him great insecurity. Fortunately, somewhere down the road, an uncle recognized his scholarly talents so Newton eventually made it to Trinity College in Cambridge. Among his many achievements was the invention of the telescope; the invention of calculus; the revelation of the three laws of motion; and the development of the law of universal gravitation. His contribution to science was almost insurmountable.

Personality of the Boy Name Isaac

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Isaac

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