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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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ike, Isaac, Isaak, Issac, Jack, Jacob, Jake, Jay, Jim, Seamus, Zack in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Isaac, Isak, Jack, Jacob, Jake outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jakub, Jay, Seamus, Zak outside U.S.

Similar Names

Esau is pronounced similarly to Asa. This name tends to be more commonly used than Esau.