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Isaac Surname Meaning

Jewish English Welsh and French: from the Biblical Hebrew personal name Yishaq ‘he laughs’. This was the name of the son of Abraham (Genesis 23) by his wife Sarah. The traditional explanation of the name is that Abraham and Sarah laughed with joy at the birth of a son to them in their old age but a more plausible explanation is that the name originally meant ‘may God laugh’ i.e. ‘smile on him’. Like Abraham this name has always been immensely popular among Jews but was also widely used in medieval Europe among Christians. Hence it is the surname of many gentile families as well as Jews. In England and Wales it was one of the Old Testament names that were particularly popular among Nonconformists in the 17th–19th centuries which accounts for its frequency as a Welsh surname. (Welsh surnames were generally formed much later than English ones.) In eastern Europe the personal name in its various vernacular forms was popular in Orthodox (Russian Ukrainian and Bulgarian) Catholic (Polish) and Protestant (Czech) Churches. It was borne by a 5th-century father of the Armenian Church and by a Spanish martyr executed by the Moorish rulers of Cordoba in AD 851 on account of his tireless polemics against Islam. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean Iskhaq or Ishak Hungarian Izsák and Slovenian Izak and also their patronymics e.g. Serbian Isakov . The name Isaac is also found among Christians in southern India but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Compare Issac .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Issac, Saar, Saad, Isaak, Shan, Islam, Ishak, Sas, Isaacs, Sawa

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You can see how Isaac families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Isaac family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Isaac families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 264 Isaac families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Isaac's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Isaac families in 1911.
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What did your Isaac ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Isaac. 48% of Isaac men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Isaac women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Isaac were Miner and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Wife
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Isaac life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Isaac in 1944 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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