Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Isis

Isis is a name that comes from Egyptian mythology. Isis is actually the Greek translation of the Egyptian “ȝs.t” which most etymologists believe to mean “(she who inhabits) the throne”. As the goddess of the life, rebirth, nature and magic among ancient Egyptians, Isis was commonly depicted wearing a headdress in the shape of a throne (hence her name). She was worshipped as the model wife and mother and she knew no class boundaries among her human subjects; she was revered by all levels of ancient Egyptian society including slaves and rulers, poor people and aristocratic, artisans, merchants and the wealthy. Isis protected the dead and she watched over children. But it was Pharaoh who felt most akin to Isis, often depicted as her child who sat on the throne she provided. The whole of Egypt idealized Isis so it’s no surprise her mythological legend was embraced across the Mediterranean Sea by Greco-Roman cultures. In her most popular legend, Isis was borne from the union of the Earth god and Sky goddess. She became the sister-wife of Osiris, god of the Afterlife and the two had a son name Horus, god of war. Osiris was murdered by his jealous brother Set (god of darkness); Isis was so grief-stricken by the loss of her husband that her tears caused the Nile River to flood. According to the myth, Isis (using her magic) picked up the pieces of her husband’s dead body parts strewn across Egypt so she could reassemble, restore and embalm his body for a proper burial. This myth provided the explanation for ancient people of the Mediterranean as to why the Nile River flooded every year, so it was important for them to ritualize the death and rebirth in homage to their goddess.

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Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ISIS

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

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Quick Facts

ON ISIS

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

575

PRONUNCIATION:

EYE-sis

SIMPLE MEANING:

The throne

Characteristics

OF ISIS

Cooperative

Considerate

Compassionate

Nurturing

Sensitive

Patient

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Balanced

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Popular Songs

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Isis
a song by Bob Dylan

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