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Gender: Male Meaning of Esau: "hairy" Origin of Esau: Hebrew

The name Esau is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "hairy". Esau and is often added to lists like Unusual Biblical Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Esau is one of the neglected E-beginning boys' biblical choices--it's been off the popularity lists since 1902! The name of Jacob's twin brother, son of Isaac and Rebecca, Esau could make an ideal twin choice, if you don't mind its meaning and the difficult story in the Bible behind the name, as convoluted and full of drama, tragedy, and reconciliation as any soap opera

There's a Grateful Dead song "My Brother Esau." Kids might be familiar with the jingle "I saw Esau on the see-saw."

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Famous People Named Esau

Esau de' Buondelmonti, ruler of Epirus in Ioannina from 1385 to his death in 1411
Esau Mann (born 11 May 1971) is a Tongan former rugby league player.
Esau Simpson is a Grenadian swimmer.
Essau Boxer Kanyenda (born 27 September 1982 in Dedza, Malawi) is a Malawian international footballer who plays as a striker for South African side Polokwane City F.C..
Esau Albert Schafer (born January 16, 1952) is a Canadian politician
Esau Tjiuoro (born 26 May 1982 in Okakarara, Otjozondjupa Region) is a Namibian football (soccer) goalkeeper.

Pop Culture References for the name Esau

A character in author Marya Hornbacher's novel "The Center of Winter"
"My Brother Esau," Grateful Dead song