Isis Origin and Meaning

The name Isis is a girl's name of Egyptian origin meaning "throne".

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. Unsurprisingly, Isis was one of the fastest-falling names in 2014, dropping 130 ranks to reach #706.

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.

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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Isis Rank in US Top 1000

# 1553 on Nameberry

Isis Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Isis Popularity

Famous People Named Isis

  • Isis Nable ValverdeBrazilian actress
  • Isis KingAmerican model ("America's Next Top Model")
  • Isis Mussendencostume designer
  • Isis Marie CasalducMiss Puerto Rico 2002
  • Isis Margarita FinlayMiss Cuba 1954
  • Isis GomesBrazilian model and reality TV personality ("Fazenda de Verão")
  • Isis TaylorAmerican adult film actress
  • (Elizabeth) Isis PogsonEnglish astronomer
  • Isis the Amazonring name of Lindsay Kay Hayward, American pro wrestler
  • Isis Rea Boykin (b. 2008)daughter of reality TV personality Chris "Big Black" Boykin
  • Mia Isis Vishnyakova (b. 2012)daughter of model Sasha Pivovarova and Igor Vishnyakov

Isis in Pop Culture

  • Isissuperhero in DC Comics
  • Isiscat owned by DC Comics' Catwoman
  • Isischaracter on TV's Battlestar Galactic
  • Isischaracter in Bluewater Comics
  • Isischaracter on TV's "Stargate"
  • Isis Eagleta character in Magical Chronicle Lyrical Nanoha Force
  • Isisdog of the Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey,"
  • Isischaracter in movie "Bring It On"
  • IsisAmerican post,metal band