Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Isaiah

Isaiah was one of the most important of the Major Prophets in the Bible. The name comes from Hebrew (Yeshayahu) meaning “God is salvation.” Isaiah’s prophesies are important to the Christians since they are believed to foretell the Messiah. They are important to the Jews since Isaiah prophesized that the Children of Israel will be exiled from their homeland but God will not forget them and He will bring them back. Isaiah has long been established as a Jewish name, and also one taken up by the Puritans in the 17th century. Outside of the African-American community, the name was not used widely in the United States until very recently.

All About the Baby Name – Isaiah

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ISAIAH

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ISAIAH

Isaiah is currently back-to-back with another newly revived and similar-sounding Biblical name: Isaac. In fact, the trends in popularity between the two names appear to be mimicking each other. Although we still consider Isaiah the more obscure; which makes it feel more original. While both names have been on the American charts for over a century, Isaac has definitely gotten more play. Until now, that is. Isaiah is giving old Isaac a run for his money. In 1996, the name Isaiah reached the Top 100 most popular names and hasn’t looked back. Still, its increased usage has not been so common that the name feels worn-out. Isaiah has the rolling three-syllables which gives it a gentler, more lyrical sound.

Quick Facts

ON ISAIAH

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

44

PRONUNCIATION:

eye-ZAH-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

God is Salvation

Characteristics

OF ISAIAH

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Isaiah

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ISAIAH

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Isaiah

Popular Songs

ON ISAIAH

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Isaiah


Famous People

NAMED ISAIAH

Isaiah Washington (actor)
Isaiah Thomas (basketball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ISAIAH

Octomom;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ISAIAH

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Isaiah