What does Esau mean?
Esau \e-sau\ as a boys' name is pronounced EE-sah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Esau is "hairy". From esaw. Biblical: Esau, the eldest son of Isaac, was tricked out of his inheritance by his brother Jacob. He was born covered in red hair and was a skilled and adventurous hunter. See also Edom.
Esau has 37 related variations via Edom, Isaac, Jacob: Addam, Adem, Adham, Adim, Adom, Cob, Cobb, Iago, Ike▼, Ikey, Ikie, Isa, Isaak▼, Isac, Isacco, Isak, Issac▲, Itzak, Izaac, Izaak, Izak, Izik, Izsak, Jaap, Jack, Jaco, Jago, Jake▲, Jakub, Jay▼, Jim▼, Seamus, Shamus, Yakup, Yaqub, Zack▼ and Zak.
Esau is an unusual first name for men but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#47520 out of 88799, Top 54%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Esau and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Esau (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Jacob (#4 last year), Isaac (#31), Jack (#41), Jake (#190), Jay (#372), Issac (#553), Seamus (#900), Zack, Zak, Jim, Jakub, Isak, Ike and Isaak. Usage of this boy name was at its highest during 1880-1889 and is now significantly lower, with the forms Zack, Isaak, Jim, Ike and Jay falling out of style. Isaac (#31), Jacob (#4), Jake (#190) and Issac (#553) are four of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation, with Isaac, Issac, Jacob and Jake going through a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Esau is pronounced similarly to Asa▲. This name tends to be more commonly used than Esau.