Meaning: To laugh
Alternate spellings: Issac, Isaak, Ike
In the Old Testament, Isaac was the poor tyke whose dad (Abraham) was going to sacrifice him as proof of his devotion, but was saved by an angel at the last minute. (Which leads one to wonder what Isaac’s mom said when they got home that day. Yeeaaah. Not pleased.)
Isaac also has Hebrew origins and means “to laugh,” which is a much more cheerful association, so let’s stick to that one. Isaac also has great namesakes from many disciplines – there’s Sir Isaac Newton the scientist, Isaac Mizrahi the fashion designer, and Isaac Asimov the science-fiction writer, to name a few. In the U.S., Isaac was a top 100 name for most of the late 1800s. It declined in popularity, but parents started liking it again in the 1970s. Today, it’s very popular. Ike makes for a cool, retro nickname.
By The Numbers
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Rank of Similar Names in 2008