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Gender: F Meaning of Isis: "throne" Origin of Isis: Egyptian Isis's Popularity in 2013: #575

Isis has gone from magical, feminist name on the rise to the forbidden list because of the extremist terror group called ISIS, an acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria .

Before the rise of the political group, Isis was best known as the name of the supreme Egyptian goddess of the moon, sky, magic, motherhood and fertility, revived by feminists and others willing to cross into arcane territory. And with the mini-craze for names that start with Is- -- Isabella, Isla -- it was not so surprising that Isis was joining the I crowd.

The ancient Isis, wife of Osiris (who happened to be her brother), was worshiped beyond Egypt into the Greco-Roman world. According to myth, the Nile river floods every year because of Isis's tears of sorrow for the death of Osiris.

Isis first entered the U.S. Top 1000 in 1994 and is now at Number 575, while she's in the Top 75 in the Netherlands. But we expect her standing to plummet in years to come as her identification shifts to the group that has beheaded several journalists and aid workers.

In popular culture, Isis has been a character on Stargate and Battleship Galactica, an opera, the title of a Bob Dylan song and the name of several rock bands.

The Isis is the name given to part of the River Thames.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Isis

ISIS, terrorist group, properly called ISIL
Isis, American post-metal band
Isis, superhero in DC Comics
Isis, cat owned by DC Comics' Catwoman
Isis, dog owned by the Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey"
Isis, character in movie "Bring it On" played by Gabrielle Union
ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service), workplace in animated sitcom "Archer", later changed to CIA

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