Isaac Name Meaning

With a meaning as joyous as “he will laugh,” it’s no surprise that parents love Isaac. He’s a sweet name with a strong sound, aging well into adulthood.

A biblical name, Isaac was the father of Jacob and Esau and husband to Rebecca. According to Genesis, when God told his father Abraham that his wife Sarah was pregnant with Isaac, the man laughed because of his wife’s advanced age. Sure enough, Isaac came to be. History has a few other notable Isaacs including gravity pioneer Sir Isaac Newton.

As a name, Isaac has a lot going for it when it comes to style. He’s a vowel name, so he instantly ups other names. He also has a unique sound, only similar to his brother Isaiah. According to the charts he’s popular but not nearly at the overused levels seen in other names. He remains a firm fixture in Top 100, wooing parents with his rare double-A styling and easy going vibes.

Isaac is an interesting name that’s very much a rule breaker, defying his ancient roots to somehow remain fresh and modern. He doesn’t feel centuries old, instead easily palling around with the likes of Liam and Zander.

Isaac has a few spelling variations including Isaak and Issac.

Infographic of Isaac name meaning, which is A Hebrew name of great joy, Isaac means he will laugh.
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Isaac Name Popularity

How popular is the name Isaac? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Isaac was the 34th most popular boys name, representing 0.6127% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Isaac has been the 122nd most popular boys name, representing 0.1838% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 125 218 0.0619%
1911 140 198 0.0532%
1912 164 319 0.0633%
1913 175 349 0.0616%
1914 179 469 0.0673%
1915 196 524 0.0577%
1916 186 591 0.0612%
1917 192 589 0.0589%
1918 194 624 0.0581%
1919 177 709 0.0677%
1920 191 675 0.0607%
1921 210 614 0.0536%
1922 197 672 0.0603%
1923 198 657 0.0587%
1924 198 672 0.0579%
1925 207 641 0.0567%
1926 231 550 0.05%
1927 202 669 0.0604%
1928 239 510 0.0477%
1929 215 559 0.054%
1930 234 512 0.049%
1931 261 401 0.0406%
1932 237 471 0.0477%
1933 235 448 0.0481%
1934 236 447 0.0462%
1935 243 443 0.0456%
1936 251 405 0.042%
1937 254 404 0.041%
1938 253 425 0.0415%
1939 250 428 0.0421%
1940 244 461 0.0434%
1941 263 427 0.0379%
1942 281 423 0.0335%
1943 279 447 0.0342%
1944 264 466 0.0376%
1945 279 422 0.0346%
1946 287 473 0.0321%
1947 279 567 0.034%
1948 296 500 0.0313%
1949 274 562 0.0349%
1950 276 539 0.0335%
1951 291 522 0.0308%
1952 293 536 0.0307%
1953 301 519 0.0293%
1954 292 552 0.0302%
1955 317 506 0.0275%
1956 317 512 0.0271%
1957 336 484 0.0252%
1958 330 508 0.0269%
1959 338 486 0.0256%
1960 364 433 0.0229%
1961 356 455 0.0241%
1962 358 457 0.0249%
1963 362 433 0.0241%
1964 351 463 0.0263%
1965 376 383 0.0234%
1966 359 400 0.0256%
1967 380 349 0.023%
1968 377 385 0.0256%
1969 352 468 0.0304%
1970 335 530 0.0333%
1971 287 690 0.0459%
1972 252 779 0.0572%
1973 235 867 0.0669%
1974 223 923 0.071%
1975 210 994 0.0774%
1976 201 1,070 0.083%
1977 182 1,251 0.0928%
1978 167 1,434 0.1067%
1979 151 1,725 0.1223%
1980 150 1,782 0.1219%
1981 149 1,830 0.1245%
1982 150 1,835 0.1228%
1983 150 1,779 0.1206%
1984 159 1,683 0.1131%
1985 164 1,662 0.1095%
1986 155 1,722 0.1141%
1987 151 1,818 0.1191%
1988 143 1,952 0.1253%
1989 137 2,202 0.1365%
1990 132 2,416 0.1458%
1991 129 2,496 0.1531%
1992 124 2,766 0.1733%
1993 110 3,206 0.2056%
1994 103 3,495 0.2277%
1995 98 3,878 0.2573%
1996 86 4,562 0.3047%
1997 72 5,144 0.3478%
1998 65 5,857 0.3913%
1999 64 6,402 0.4275%
2000 53 7,432 0.4865%
2001 47 8,197 0.544%
2002 48 8,305 0.5542%
2003 48 8,935 0.5873%
2004 46 9,175 0.602%
2005 49 9,120 0.5965%
2006 48 9,673 0.6178%
2007 41 10,258 0.6502%
2008 37 10,018 0.6482%
2009 40 9,551 0.639%
2010 39 9,354 0.6491%
2011 35 9,597 0.6736%
2012 30 10,046 0.705%
2013 29 10,107 0.7099%
2014 31 9,971 0.6844%
2015 31 9,953 0.6841%
2016 31 9,723 0.6744%
2017 33 8,796 0.6303%
2018 34 8,417 0.6127%

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Names Like Isaac

If you like Isaac, you’ll love these other names like Isaac.


What names are diminutives of Isaac?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Isaac sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Isaac, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ike

Hebrew

#1,694 (0.0023%)  
Ikey

Laughter

Hebrew

Ikie

Laughter

Hebrew

Isa

Laughter; salvation of God; the Lord helps me

Hebrew

#1,269 (0.0054%)  
Izzie
Izzy

Gift of Isis

Greek

Zac
#1,765 (0.002%)  
Zach

The Lord recalled

Hebrew

#1,644 (0.0025%)  
Zack

Laughter; the Lord recalled

Hebrew

#1,103 (0.0076%)  
Zak

Laughter; the Lord recalled

Hebrew

#2,209 (0.0009%)  

What names are variants of Isaac?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Isaac.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Isaak

Laughter

Hebrew

#1,328 (0.0047%)  
Isac

Laughter

Hebrew

Isacco

Laughter

Hebrew

Isak

Laughter

Hebrew

Issac

Laughter

Hebrew

#554 (0.0323%)  
Itzak

Laughter

Hebrew

Itzhak

Laughter

Hebrew

Izaac

Laughter

Hebrew

#1,533 (0.0031%)  
Izaak

Laughter

Hebrew

#2,378 (0.0007%)  
Izak

Laughter

Hebrew

#2,322 (0.0007%)  
Izik

Laughter

Hebrew

Izsak

Laughter

Hebrew

Yitzhak

Laughter

Hebrew


What names sound like Isaac?

If you like how Isaac sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Isaac.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

#51 (0.4808%)  
Isaias
#501 (0.037%)  
Isidore

Gift of Isis

Greek

Isidro

Gift of Isis

Greek

#1,552 (0.003%)  
Isra

Riches

Arabic

Israel

God contends

Hebrew

#239 (0.1132%)  
Izel

Unique

Aztec (Nahuatl)

Zacchaeus

The Lord recalled

Hebrew

#2,552 (0.0004%)  
Zaccheus

The Lord recalled

Hebrew

Zaccur

Mindful

Hebrew

Zachariah

The Lord recalled

Hebrew

#475 (0.0408%)  
Zachary

God remembers

Hebrew

#108 (0.2563%)  

What names are similar to Isaac?

Find a name that’s like Isaac, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abel

Breath

Hebrew

#146 (0.1933%)  
Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

#165 (0.1687%)  
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

#42 (0.5285%)  
Ezekiel

God will strengthen

Hebrew

#87 (0.3139%)  
Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

#226 (0.1186%)  
Jonah

Dove

Hebrew

#145 (0.1959%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
Thomas

Twin

Greek

#49 (0.4934%)  

Lists With Isaac

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Isaac.


Siblings of Isaac

Mamas with kids named Isaac also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Julia

Youthful and downy

Latin

#92 (0.217%)  
Declan

Full of goodness

Irish

#101 (0.276%)  
Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

#188 (0.1531%)  
Cassie

“The purified one,” in allusion to the plant cassia whose medicinal properties are laxative, but ultimately from the Greek kathairein, to cleanse.

English

#1,129 (0.0094%)  
Hanna

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#540 (0.0363%)  
Calvin

Hairless one

English

#143 (0.1999%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  

14 Comments

  1. I chose the name Isaac because if its biblical significance. Abraham was ordered by God to give up his son to God and as a sacrifice, all the while trusting in God fully. Our children belong to God and if we trust Him, He will take care of them and bless them always.

  2. I chose the name Isaac Because I have a Jeramiah and Elijah as well and I love biblical names.

  3. I chose Isaac because I have a Je’Ramiah and a Eli’Jah and l love biblical names

  4. I had primary fertility for about 6years before I later got pregnant and name him Isaac which means laughter.

  5. I love the name isaac i think is a apecial name for many reason……..

  6. My father name?

  7. Names are prophetic. Isaac is a biblical name that means laughter. When Isaac cries, I remind him that laughter is his portion

  8. We chose the name Isaac because, in Hebrew, it means laughter. We love knowing that his name reminds us of why we fell in love with each other- we were always laughing. Also, as Christians, we love the story of Isaac and how he was the son of promise.

  9. I’ve loved the name Isaac for a boy since I first became pregnant with a boy. It took 3 boys for my husband to agree to it though, so our third is named Isaac. I love that it’s a Biblical name and it is become more common nowadays. I do have trouble with the spelling, though and often have to correct myself when I accidentally spell it as Issac! Between myself, my husband and our 3 older kids, we have a great list of nicknames we love to call him by. The one that has stuck the best is Zeeky, or Izeeky. Others pet names include Zoo-cookie, Zucanchi, Zuchinni, Zeeks, Zu-Zu and Isaacoo. It’s a fun and easy name to play with!

  10. We love that this name means laughter! Our little man is a source of pure joy for us, and his laugh is contagious!

  11. We are a bilingual family and so it as very important to me that the name had a nice ring to it both in english and in spanish. At first this was one of the main requirements, however the meaning of it was also super important. A name that sounded powerful but didn’t have a heavy meaning to it. Isaac means laughter in hebrew and once we found this out it was chosen.

  12. We thought we were having a girl and one day we said “wouldn’t it be funny if it’s actually a boy?!…. what’s the biblical name for laughter?” After recalling that it was Isaac I remembered my mom (who passed) wanted to use that name if I was a boy. She loved the name Isaac and also Benjamin. So my son is named I her honor as Isaac Benjamin

    • What a beautiful story!

  13. Our son was a surprise and under the circumstances it brought us great laughter to know that we were expecting. And he’s brought us laughter ever since. I love that is it a biblical name but not often used.


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