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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 Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

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."

Find other names based on Esau using our baby name generator.

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



FantasyandPrayer Says:


Ahh wonderful :) hello!

Esau West Says:


let me be the first, then

Esau West Says:


YOU'RE pretty gross

EW314 Says:


The meaning's pretty gross, but the name itself feels fresh, quirky and cool.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


It'll definitely be a strong contender for if I have kids! I really, really love it x

Essa Says:


If you like it that much definitely go for it! I don't think your name is worth dropping it from your top names list at all.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I hope so!! It's not a particularly well known connection, so I think it could work. Right now it's at the very top on my list!!

Essa Says:


I don't think many people would notice tbh, I think you could get away with it quite nicely without too much cringing!

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I'm very, very quickly falling for this one! It's unusual, it's biblical, it begins with E, and did I mention it's unusual? I've never met an Esau in my life. I even like the way it looks on paper. The only issue I'd have in ever using this name is my name is Rebekah... I can't decide if that would be a cute or cringeworthy link between the names?

Zelliew Says:


I don't know - It's a bit close to........EE - Ore

Zuzana Says:


EE-saw ... I think I like it

ElsaAnne Says:


I think this a name waiting to be used, I find it similar to Asa and Isa.

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thiswastheirworld Says:


Does anyone know how Esau is pronounced? I'm not sure if I'm saying it right...