Gender: Female Pronunciation: EYE-siss Meaning of Isis: "throne" Origin of Isis: Egyptian

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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FableFantasy Says:


Don't you just hate word associations :))

GarfieldsFriend Says:



MargotBear Says:


I know the sweetest little girl with this name, she is kind, pretty and smiley and doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.
It’s such a shame that most people would think terrorist group before Ancient Egyptian mythology.

FractalShadow Says:


How about opting for Iset instead [the goddess Isis's name in ancient Egyptian], or trying another Egyptian goddess name, such as Nephthys. Or how about going with the name of a queen: Satiah was the name of an ancient Egyptian queen; her name means "Daughter of the moon."

Emilyjayne255 Says:


Fingers crossed, such a beautiful name!

Rosie2525 Says:


I totally agree! It's the name of an Egyptian Goddess. I hope it can make a comeback as well :)

stellarvra99 Says:


I know a girl name Isis. The good part is that here, in Spain the pronunciations are different, so the ISIS terrorist group is pronounced as in english, but this name is pronounced ee-sees

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


Before I realized it was an acronym I wondered why on Earth an Islamic extremist group would name themselves after an Egyptian goddess.

MadameAzazel Says:


I used to have a friend named "Isis". Her mom had to make it very clear to people that she was not named after the terrorist group but after the Egyptian Goddess. I never saw her get made fun of or harassed because of the name. But then again you never know what happens behind closed doors...

Wittyusername103 Says:


The fact that this name is on the trending page is concerning.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I agree with you, but sadly, can't see that happening. The negative association is too strong. :-(

beachbear Says:


I wish they had named the terrorist group something else.

She's a Killer Queen Says:


Gorgeous name! Beautiful meaning! Unfortunate association!

Fluffykitten101 Says:


For anyone who loves this once beautiful name but can't use it there are a few pretty alternatives: Iset, Iris, Isadora/Isidora, Isla and Ayelet. The most beautiful names are always ruined by these things...

NaomiNY Says:


Nice name, but I'm glad I'm not dead-set on Isis for any future daughters. Thanks, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, for ruining this beautiful name.

dearvenus Says:


This is a pretty name, shame it is the same as a terrorist group.

shelbynh Says:


I wouldn't use this for unfortunately obvious reasons.

aaronburrsir Says:


Technically, it's Iraq and the Levant, making it officially ISIL (and regionally Daesh, which they dislike being called so I try to use it). Still unusable.

aaronburrsir Says:


I know two girls named Isis (though one is Iysis). Shame that such a beautiful name has become taboo. Off to join the ranks of Adolf and Satan.

Floris Says:


If the kid was under 1 year old (and maybe even later) I would change it. Maybe to Iris? Iset? Isa? I feel bad for these parents and the people named that way. Especially kids, children can be vicious with names :(

EW314 Says:


I know, such a shame!

actingfun Says:


The difference is that ISIS pronounces their name the same way. The US is pronounced differently from the word us, and RIP is very clear in context.

actingfun Says:


Misogynistic is an understatement. Try discriminatory, misogynistic, homophobic, racist and every other thing you can think of.

Bobcat108 Says:


W/the terrorist group's acronym ISIS making the name Isis unusable at this point, it's good to know that the real name is Iset & still usable! : )

kitchi1 Says:


Of course you wouldn't change your cat's name now, but just for the purpose of knowledge I thought I'd let you know Iset is the Egyptian version :)

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kitchi1 Says:


Such a beautiful name, and a great Goddess. So unfortunate about the terrorist group...I really hope it will be forgotten about eventually, but I don't think it will.

eveyalecia Says:


Interesting point, I didn't think of it that way!

Rachel G Says:


For anyone who likes this name, there's always the variant Iset, which I think is prettier.

_Theresa_ Says:


I feel so bad for the parents who named their kid this before the terrorist group started. I wonder if any of them changed their kid's name at that point.

EllaYu Says:


They don't believe in education either though so they probably don't know that.

LavenderLullabies Says:


I really hope that the connection this name has with the terrorist group eventually fades. Isis was always one of my favorite names. It's such a beautiful name, and it's a shame that a terrorist group ruined it.

BennettB Says:


Personally anyone who can't tell an acronym from a proper noun isn't someone I want my children to take too seriously anyway. Isis is not the same as ISIS and I hate that there are people and websites so willing to lump it all'd be like saying rip is the same as RIP or us is the same as US except worse because one is a beautiful name used for so many many years and the other is a group of terrorists that we've given an acronym too in order to make it easier to say their name...

Zelliew Says:


Not a good choice in this day & age

misoshiru Says:


I've always loved the name Isis, and it annoys me that the journalists of the world associated it with that terrorist group. I'd like to claim it back, associate it with what it's meant to be, either in my writing or when I have children.

Bobcat108 Says:


We named our third cat Isis, partially because she's very Egyptian looking & partially after Lord Grantham's dog on Downton Abbey. This was just a couple of months before ISIS burst into the news. Isis suits our kitty quite well, so we haven't renamed her, but it's sad to see a great name wrecked.

Mirimouse Says:


Personally I'm glad the name Isis has fallen out of favour, because I don't want a bunch of kids with the same name as my kid :p The thing is the terrorists don't call themselves that, Obama doesn't call them that, and more and more educated people and media sources have stopped referring to these terrorists as ISIS. I hear IS and ISIL a lot more than ISIS on the news these days.
It's still a beautiful name from an inspiring Goddess.

Becs Says:


Met a cute girl named Isis yesterday and I kind of felt sorry for her. No one would have thought of a terrorist group named Isis when she was born. Really sad that the terrorist group ruined this beautiful name. Regardless of the different pronunciation the spelling reminds me of those terrorists.
I always considered Isis as a really nice alternative to Iris or Isla but I wouldn't use it anymore even if the association fades after some time.

ToothyTom Says:


If I was to be born a girl, this would have been my name. I suppose considering the current standing I should consider myself relatively lucky...

thenamer007 Says:


Please consider Iris instead.

headintheclouds Says:


Pity that the terrorist group has really ruined this lovely name. Maybe the association will fade after say, three generations, but I wouldn't name a child Isis right now, no matter how much you love the name or anything. Seems cruel- however unintentional the association, it's there and very strong whether you like it or not. For a safer (and IMO, prettier) alternative, go with Iris instead, which also has that mythological goddess theme, with the bonus of being a nice nature/floral name.

indiefendi2 Says:


This name was really ugly to begin with, to be quite frank here. I like that Isis was a goddess but it sounds like a hissing snake. It's hideous.

thesnowwhiterose Says:


Just a note, the thread I meant to post in is closed now, but when I heard the name Iset I thought of the person who wanted to use Isis but can't....Anybody else looking for an Isis alternative, Iset is the reconstructed Egyptian form of the name. It's actually closer to the original than Isis, which is the Greek form.

DearestJules Says:


In geography class at my school we have to watch the news every day, and they don't usually say "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" because that can be a mouthful. They usually just say "Isis," unfortunately. However, before I watched the news I had never even heard of ISIS.

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


At least you don't pronounce it the same way. And the buzz around the terrorist group will fade eventually. At least they didn't just name it ISIS. It stands for 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria'.

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


Icy is a cool nickname.

madmaddie Says:


I know a girl named this; lately I’ve been feeling bad for her...

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I know, but its still associated with the name-unfortunately.

ShannonLim Says:


I'm just saying that they didn't pick Isis as their name but its the acronym.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Isis is the acronym. So all the name Isis is going to do is make people think of that. All the companies where I'm from that are called Isis are blocking their signs and aren't allowing their workers to wear their company shirts. So the name is unusable.

ShannonLim Says:


They didn't exactly use Isis, its more of a short form for Islamic State of Iraq :/

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I find it ironic that a misogynistc terrorist group would use the name Isis, because the full meaning of the name is 'Queen of the Throne' or 'she who rules the throne'. It's such a shame that a powerful and beautiful name like this is unusable.

AnnieLouise Says:


It's a beautiful name and the terrorist group has renamed themselves IS so, hopefully, in a few years it won't be unusable

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LadyVanRaven Says:


Should be remembered as a beautiful goddess's name. I'm hoping the connection with the stupid terrorist group will fade.

HollyMaxSpencer Says:


Maybe later, I guess?

Guest Says:


I never liked this name anyway, it was "icy" and cold sounding to me. Now as for the jihadists it's an acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Myosotis Says:


I'd say (unfortunately) no. It might be usable somewhere in the distant future, but, for now, I'd go for Iris or another similar alternative, as a safer bet.

MaryKathryn Says:


I have been wondering the same exact thing. I love this name and I would love to use it as a potential middle name, but with the whole terrorist group I think it's untouchable.

niteowl13 Says:


Is this going to be usable now? :(

raevynstar Says:


I love this name, but I could never use it because of the terrorist group that apparently goes by the same name.....ugh.

Orchid_Lover Says:


Such a striking name. Would be a great name for a cat. It totally stinks when cool names like this get ruined!

SunKissedChild Says:


I really hope no one considers using this name for a very long time.

mabespark Says:


So unique and beautiful. I'm crushing on it.

writtenmania Says:


I used to really like this but now there is a very negative thing about it for me. I'm going with Iris instead.

Shishi Says:


Pure awesomeness

imustremember Says:


Always loved this name!