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Meaning and name origin

Esau \e-sau\ as a boy's 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 is not a popular first name for males but a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#47520 out of 88799, Top 54%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Esau and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jacob (#4) and Isaac (#31). (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Isaac, Jacob in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Esau is also pronounced similarly to Asa and Isa. These names tend to be more commonly used than Esau.