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Eissa

Eissa, the name chosen by singer Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana for their newborn son, is the Arabic form of Jesus. Pronounced eye-sa, Eissa is widely used as both a first name and a last in the Arab world. Also spelled Isa, Issa, and Essa, it’s becoming more visible throughout Europe too. But in the U.S., Eissa was used last year for only six baby boys.

Like Jesus, Eissa means “the lord is salvation.” The name of the Christian savior has many variations around the world, including Yasu, Yeshua, and the popular Joshua.

The most famous bearer of the name was probably Isa Celebi, a 14th-century Ottoman prince.

Throughout her pregnancy, Jackson had said the name would be a tribute to her brother Michael. Michael Jackson‘s middle name was Joseph, also the name of both Janet‘s and Michael‘s father, which means “Jehovah increases” and so may be a subtle link to the name Eissa.