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What does Esau mean?

Esau Pronunciation of Esau [esau] 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.

Associated with: biblical, red, hunter.


10 relations via Edom, Isaac, Jacob: Isa, Isaak, Isac, Isak, Issac, Izak, Izsak, Jaap, Jay and Zak.

Creative forms:
(male) Eseo, Esse, ..

(female) Esei, Esel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Esau Chase (E.C.), ..

How popular is Esau?

Esau is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#22983 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Esau reached its apex rank of #1194 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esau name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Esau outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Popular related forms of Esau are Jacob (#4 from recent data), Isaac (#31), Jay (#394), Issac (#562), Isaak (#1412), Isa (#1496), Zak, Isak, Isac and Izak. Adoption of these relations of Esau was widespread among parents 2 decades ago (average #1206) and is somewhat lower today (#1263, down 36.6%), with the form Jay going out of style. Isaac is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esau, Isa, Isaac, Isaak, Isac in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Issac, Izak, Jacob, Jay in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Isaac, Isak, Jacob, Jay, Zak outside U.S.

Similar Names

Esau is pronounced similarly to Asa, Asaya, Eusaio, Ezio, Isaia, Isais, Isiah, Issy and Osei. Other suggested similar names are Beau, Ean, Eban, Edan, Egan, Ehsan, Eian, Elam, Elan, Eliu, Eman, Eran, Esias, Esmay, Esme, Esra, Etan, Euan, Eva, Evan, Ewan, Ezar and Tau. These names tend to be more commonly used than Esau.