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 very prominent last name for both adults and children (#22983 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Popular related forms of Esau (#unlisted) 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 these boy names was at its highest during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.528%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.3506%, down 33.6%), with the forms Zack, Isaak, Ike, Jim 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. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Esau and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Esau is pronounced similarly to Asa. This name tends to be more commonly used than Esau.