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What does Yishai mean?

Yishai Pronunciation of Yishai [yishai] as a boys' name has its root in Hebrew, and the name Yishai means "the Lord exists". Yishai is an alternate form of Jesse (Hebrew).


Creative forms:
(male) Yashai, Yushai, ..


Middle name pairings:
Yishai Cullen (Y.C.), ..

How popular is Yishai?

Yishai is a rare first name for men. Yishai is an equivalently rare surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. The only prominent related form of Yishai (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 is Jesse (#178 in recent rankings). This form of Yishai reached the peak of its popularity a century ago (#28) and is now significantly less popular (#178, 78% less usage), with Jesse becoming less stylish. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jesse in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abishai, Avishai, Chai, Hisham, Lisha, Mihai, Misha, Mishal, Nishan, Shai, Yanai, Yisachar, Yisrael, Yitzhak, Ysmail (see Ishmael) and Ysmal. Like Yishai, these names are not frequently used.

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