Meaning: “Yahweh is salvation.”
The name is derived from the Hebrew יְשַׁעְיָהוּ (Yesha’yahu), meaning, “Yahweh is Salvation.”
In the Old Testament, it was borne by a prophet, he is considered a major and extremely important prophet among Jews and Christians. Among Jews, his prophecies are mostly interpreted to describe the coming destruction of Jerusalem, while among Christians, his prophecies are believed to foretell the coming of Christ.
The name was always prevalent among Jews and Eastern Orthodox Christians, among Western Christians, the name did not catch on until after the Protestant Reformation.
Currently, Isaiah is the 42nd most popular male name in the United States, (2008) and he is the 84th most popular in Canada, B.C., (2008).
Other forms of the name include:
- Ash’iyā’ أشعیاء (Arabic)
- Zaia ܙܝܥܐ (Aramaic/Assyrian/Syriac)
- Isaiah Ісайя Иса́ия (Belarusian/Russian/Serbian/Ukrainian)
- Isaïes (Catalan)
- Izaija (Croatian)
- Izaiáš/Izajáš (Czech/Slovak)
- Esajas (Danish)
- Jesaja (Danish/Dutch/German/Finnish/Latvian/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Esa (Finnish)
- Isaïe/Ésaïe (French)
- Isaie (Fruilian)
- Esaias Ἠσαΐας (Greek: Biblical)
- Ikaia (Hawaiian)
- Yəšaʿyáhu יְשַׁעְיָהוּ (Hebrew: Modern)
- Ézsaiás/Isaiás (Hungarian)
- Yesaya (Indonesian)
- Isaia (Italian/Romanian)
- Yésaya (Javanese)
- Isaya (Kiswahili)
- Izaijas/Ješajas (Lithuanian)
- Izajasz (Polish)
- Isaías (Portuguese/Spanish)
- Isay Исай (Russian)
- Eseia (Welsh)
In the Orthodox Church, the name-day is May 9.
- New Bible Dictionary, Second Edition, Tyndale Press, Wheaton, IL, USA 1987
- JPS Hebrew English Tanakh, Jewish Publication Society, 2000