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Gender: Male Meaning of Isaac: "laughter" Origin of Isaac: Hebrew Isaac's Popularity in 2017: #33

The name Isaac is a boy's name of Hebrew, Aboriginal origin meaning "laughter". Isaac is ranked #33 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the upper echelon of popular boys' names -- outrunning cousin Isaiah -- and shows signs of heading even higher. A favorite of the Puritans, Isaac went on to assume something of a rabbinical image. In the Old Testament, Isaac was the long-awaited son of the elderly Sarah and 100-year-old Abraham, so old that their news provoked laughter, giving the name its meaning.

A baby given this name can point to many distinguished namesakes, including Isaacs (and Izaaks) Newton, Walton, Bashevis Singer, Asimov, Stern and Hayes. The name was somewhat rejuvenated by onetime heartthrob Isaac Hanson.

Isaac also boasts the cute nicknames of Izzy -- now shared, however, with a bevy of Isabellas -- and Ike.

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

Famous People Named Isaac

Isaac, Biblical patriarch; son of Abraham and father of Jacob
Isaac I Komnenos, Byzantine emperor
Isaac II Angelos, Byzantine emperor
Isaac Newton, English physicist
Isaac Asimov (born Isaak Azimov), American novelist
Isaac Thompson Carree III, American gospel singer
Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr., American R&B musician and actor
Isaac Shelby, US politician; 1st and 5th Governor of Kentucky
Isaac Stern, American violinist
Isaac Redman, American football player
Isaac Bashevis Singer (born Izaak Zynger), Polish-American novelist
Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel, Russian journalist and revolutionary
Isaac Brock, British general and Lieutenant Governor of Canada
Isa'ako "Isaac" Sopoaga, American football player
Isaac Edward Slade, lead singer of American band The Fray
Isaac Guillory, American guitarist
(Clarke) Isaac Hanson, American musician of the band Hanson
Isaac Frye, Member of YouTube channel VenturianTale
Jerome Isaac Jones, American R&B/rapper
Isaac Graves, son of English actor Rupert Graves
Isaac Hayden McHale, son of American actor Joel McHale
Isaac Ng, son of Youtuber Lindy Tsang
Isaac Butterfield, Australian comedian
Isaac Elliot Rivera (b. 2010), son of Kailyn Marroquin and Jo Rivera of "Teen Mom 2"
River Isaac Ruah Olsen, son of actress Daniela Ruah

Pop Culture References for the name Isaac

Isaac Davis, character in "Manhattan"
Isaac Taylor, character on the show "The Beautiful Life"
Isaac, character in Golden Sun video games
Isaac Lahey, character on the show "Teen Wolf"
Isaac, character in John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars"
Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, character in "The Wizard Of Oz"
Isaac, false child prophet in "Children of the Corn"

Issa, Ike, Ikey, Ikie, Isi, Isa, Isac, Isack, Issa, Itzak, Izik, Izsak, Zack, Zak

Isaac's International Variations

Iosóg (Irish) Isaak (German) Isaak, Aizik, Eisaak, Isak (Russian) Isaak, Isaakios (Greek) Isaco, Issac, Ysaac, Yaach, Yssac (Spanish) Itzaak, Itzik (Dutch) Izaak, Izaac (Czech) Izak (Scandinavian) Izák (Hungarian) Sahak (Armenian) Ishaq, Shaqil (Arabic)


TechnoKitten Says:


This name sounds really ugly to me.Probably the aa part.

river_dweller Says:


Unfortunately too popular now...

FractalShadow Says:


Isaac Clarke, the protagonist of the video game Dead Space.

Alaina Says:


I really like the name Isaac for a boy! One of my favorite names in my top 100 list!

Lydia Price-Stevens Says:


My son is called Isaac & my daughter is called Jasmine.

dan Says:


Do you think a boy named Isaac will get called Ike?

LV51sfan91 Says:


Love Isaac and Ike. But it's been ruined by my bad brother in law:(

Lisa215 Says:


I used to quite like this name many years ago, but I don't anymore.

Floris Says:


I love this name!!! But I fear it may be too common.

bluerose Says:


This is probably one of my favorite boy names. I hope I can have my own little Isaac someday.

Reese1976 Says:


Really love this name and will probably use it if our baby is a boy. My hubby & I love the meaning "laughter" :)

jasmine0921 Says:


I love this name, because of its unique spelling but familiarity. Kinda like the name Ephraim. Love names like this :)

headintheclouds Says:


I think this is one of the nicer biblical names (there are some that I can't stand, like Aaron and Deborah). IMO it has a classic vibe with a double side; it can also sound more cool/retro/hipster, something like Levi and Abram (versus the more classic-everyday biblical names like Ethan and Hannah).

Periberry Says:


really popular

Leah3456 Says:


I like the Isaac Newton association.

Shishi Says:


TFIOS! All his friends are dead!