Isaac Name Meaning

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Fact: In the Bible, Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90, making his birth a miracle​.

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A Deep Dive

Isaac Overview

Meaning

He will laugh, he will rejoice

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Yitzchaq”

Religion

Christianity, Judaism

Pronunciation

/ˈaɪzək/

Popularity

Consistently popular; ranked #42 in the US in 2023, #19 in Australia in 2022, and #25 in England and Wales in 2021. It’s also popular in countries like France, Canada, and New Zealand.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

6 (Nurturing, Responsible, Balanced)

Name Styles

Classic, Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, resilient, joyful, intelligent

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Isaac is one of the patriarchs in the Hebrew Bible, son of Abraham and Sarah, and father of Jacob and Esau. The name holds significant meaning in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Name Day

December 20th (France), October 19th (Italy), April 11th and June 7th​ (Spain)
A Deep Dive

Isaac Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Isak, Izak, Isacco, Iisakki, Yitzhak, Izsák, Isaak, Isaque, İshak, Isac

Common Nicknames

Ike, Izzy, Zac, Isa, Ikey, Ice, Zeke, Isaacito, Ise, Izzy Wizzy

Diminutives

Ike, Izzy, Zak, Ikey, Ise, Zac, Ika

Famous People

  • Isaac Newton
    (English Physicist)
  • Isaac Asimov
    (Russian-born American Writer)
  • Isaac Hayes
    (American Musician)
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer
    (Polish-American Author)
  • Isaac Hanson
    (American Musician)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Isaac Newton
    ("Doctor Who," TV Show)
  • Isaac Asimov
    ("I, Robot," Film)
  • Isaac
    ("The Binding of Isaac," Video Game)
  • Isaac Lahey
    ("Teen Wolf," TV Show)
  • Isaac Mendez
    ("Heroes," TV Show)

Places

  • Isaac Village
    (Aquitaine, France)
  • Isaac Community
    (Virginia, USA)
  • Isaac Village
    (Ntchisi, Malawi)
  • Isaac Settlement
    (Margibi, Liberia)
  • Isaac Community
    (Lunda Sul, Angola)

What Is the Meaning of Isaac?

Isaac means “he will laugh,” “he will rejoice,” or “laughter.” . People named Isaac are often seen as cheerful and optimistic, bringing a sense of joy and positivity to those around them.

What Is the Origin of The Name Isaac?

Isaac has its roots in Hebrew, making it a name with strong biblical significance. It first appears in the Old Testament, where Isaac is depicted as the son of Abraham and Sarah.

The name comes from the Hebrew word “Yitzchaq,” which is derived from “tzachaq,” meaning to laugh. This etymology reflects the story where Sarah laughed upon hearing the prophecy that she would have a child in her old age.

As one of the three patriarchs of Israel, Isaac holds a significant role in the Hebrew Bible, symbolizing joy and the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Isaac Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Isaac in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#282013#302012#312014

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Isaac

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202342
(-1 from 2022)
6581
(-151 from 2022)
0.35939
202241
(-1 from 2021)
6732
(-243 from 2021)
0.35943
202140
(-1 from 2020)
6975
(-169 from 2020)
0.37228
202039
(-5 from 2019)
7144
(-1078 from 2019)
0.38623
201934
No change from 2018
8222
(-275 from 2018)
0.42783
201834
(-2 from 2017)
8497
(-388 from 2017)
0.43715
201732
(-1 from 2016)
8885
(-887 from 2016)
0.44894
201631
No change from 2015
9772
(-210 from 2015)
0.48242
201531
No change from 2014
9982
(-7 from 2014)
0.48825
201431
(-3 from 2013)
9989
(-140 from 2013)
0.48745
201328
(+2 from 2012)
10129
(+69 from 2012)
0.50126
201230
(+5 from 2011)
10060
(+456 from 2011)
0.49577
201135
(+4 from 2010)
9604
(+236 from 2010)
0.47277
201039
(+1 from 2009)
9368
(-196 from 2009)
0.45599
200940
(-3 from 2008)
9564
(-463 from 2008)
0.45094
200837
(+4 from 2007)
10027
(-243 from 2007)
0.45987
200741
(+7 from 2006)
10270
(+587 from 2006)
0.46364
200648
(+1 from 2005)
9683
(+558 from 2005)
0.44167
200549
(-3 from 2004)
9125
(-55 from 2004)
0.42894
200446
(+2 from 2003)
9180
(+238 from 2003)
0.43438
200348
No change from 2002
8942
(+631 from 2002)
0.42557
200248
(-1 from 2001)
8311
(+111 from 2001)
0.40215
200147
(+6 from 2000)
8200
(+761 from 2000)
0.39644
200053
(+11 from 1999)
7439
(+1033 from 1999)
0.35622
199964
(+1 from 1998)
6406
(+547 from 1998)
0.31417
199865
(+8 from 1997)
5859
(+714 from 1997)
0.28896
199773
(+13 from 1996)
5145
(+580 from 1996)
0.25754
199686
(+12 from 1995)
4565
(+684 from 1995)
0.22783
199598
(+5 from 1994)
3881
(+386 from 1994)
0.19295
1994103
(+7 from 1993)
3495
(+281 from 1993)
0.17146
1993110
(+14 from 1992)
3214
(+442 from 1992)
0.15560
1992124
(+6 from 1991)
2772
(+272 from 1991)
0.13205
1991130
(+2 from 1990)
2500
(+71 from 1990)
0.11794
1990132
(+6 from 1989)
2429
(+219 from 1989)
0.11287
1989138
(+5 from 1988)
2210
(+246 from 1988)
0.10544
1988143
(+9 from 1987)
1964
(+137 from 1987)
0.09809
1987152
(+3 from 1986)
1827
(+90 from 1986)
0.09368
1986155
(+10 from 1985)
1737
(+63 from 1985)
0.09039
1985165
(-5 from 1984)
1674
(-18 from 1984)
0.08699
1984160
(-9 from 1983)
1692
(-104 from 1983)
0.09016
1983151
No change from 1982
1796
(-45 from 1982)
0.09637
1982151
(-1 from 1981)
1841
(+5 from 1981)
0.09755
1981150
No change from 1980
1836
(+38 from 1980)
0.09858
1980150
(+1 from 1979)
1798
(+64 from 1979)
0.09694
1979151
(+16 from 1978)
1734
(+283 from 1978)
0.09680
1978167
(+17 from 1977)
1451
(+187 from 1977)
0.08492
1977184
(+18 from 1976)
1264
(+171 from 1976)
0.07395
1976202
(+11 from 1975)
1093
(+79 from 1975)
0.06695
1975213
(+10 from 1974)
1014
(+73 from 1974)
0.06250
1974223
(+12 from 1973)
941
(+45 from 1973)
0.05772
1973235
(+16 from 1972)
896
(+90 from 1972)
0.05553
1972251
(+37 from 1971)
806
(+93 from 1971)
0.04815
1971288
(+46 from 1970)
713
(+145 from 1970)
0.03922
1970334
(+15 from 1969)
568
(+53 from 1969)
0.02982
1969349
(+26 from 1968)
515
(+88 from 1968)
0.02815
1968375
(+2 from 1967)
427
(+32 from 1967)
0.02405
1967377
(-14 from 1966)
395
(-34 from 1966)
0.02220
1966363
(+12 from 1965)
429
(+1 from 1965)
0.02360
1965375
(-23 from 1964)
428
(-68 from 1964)
0.02259
1964352
(+7 from 1963)
496
(+24 from 1963)
0.02447
1963359
(+4 from 1962)
472
(-10 from 1962)
0.02286
1962363
(-5 from 1961)
482
(-11 from 1961)
0.02293
1961358
(+3 from 1960)
493
(+24 from 1960)
0.02286
1960361
(-19 from 1959)
469
(-44 from 1959)
0.02166
1959342
(-10 from 1958)
513
(-27 from 1958)
0.02368
1958332
(+2 from 1957)
540
(+19 from 1957)
0.02506
1957334
(-17 from 1956)
521
(-31 from 1956)
0.02380
1956317
(-3 from 1955)
552
(+7 from 1955)
0.02572
1955314
(-19 from 1954)
545
(-40 from 1954)
0.02607
1954295
(+6 from 1953)
585
(+37 from 1953)
0.02827
1953301
(-7 from 1952)
548
(-16 from 1952)
0.02737
1952294
(-2 from 1951)
564
(+10 from 1951)
0.02858
1951292
(-10 from 1950)
554
(-3 from 1950)
0.02898
1950282
(-12 from 1949)
557
(-42 from 1949)
0.03062
1949270
(+28 from 1948)
599
(+66 from 1948)
0.03324
1948298
(-18 from 1947)
533
(-66 from 1947)
0.02990
1947280
(+5 from 1946)
599
(+85 from 1946)
0.03225
1946285
(-4 from 1945)
514
(+54 from 1945)
0.03114
1945281
(-12 from 1944)
460
(-31 from 1944)
0.03354
1944269
(+10 from 1943)
491
(+10 from 1943)
0.03535
1943279
(+4 from 1942)
481
(+32 from 1942)
0.03307
1942283
(-18 from 1941)
449
(-3 from 1941)
0.03188
1941265
(-19 from 1940)
452
(-35 from 1940)
0.03602
1940246
(+3 from 1939)
487
(+25 from 1939)
0.04106
1939249
(+4 from 1938)
462
(+1 from 1938)
0.04077
1938253
(+2 from 1937)
461
(+14 from 1937)
0.04056
1937255
(+6 from 1936)
447
(+24 from 1936)
0.04087
1936261
(-20 from 1935)
423
(-53 from 1935)
0.03974
1935241
(-4 from 1934)
476
(-5 from 1934)
0.04450
1934237
No change from 1933
481
(+1 from 1933)
0.04529
1933237
(+3 from 1932)
480
(-12 from 1932)
0.04705
1932240
(+16 from 1931)
492
(+49 from 1931)
0.04579
1931256
(-26 from 1930)
443
(-105 from 1930)
0.04141
1930230
(-12 from 1929)
548
(-37 from 1929)
0.04852
1929218
(+23 from 1928)
585
(+51 from 1928)
0.05282
1928241
(-38 from 1927)
534
(-159 from 1927)
0.04679
1927203
(+25 from 1926)
693
(+107 from 1926)
0.05964
1926228
(-22 from 1925)
586
(-92 from 1925)
0.05116
1925206
(-7 from 1924)
678
(-26 from 1924)
0.05888
1924199
(-2 from 1923)
704
(+6 from 1923)
0.06022
1923197
(-7 from 1922)
698
(-22 from 1922)
0.06165
1922190
(+18 from 1921)
720
(+72 from 1921)
0.06399
1921208
(-18 from 1920)
648
(-58 from 1920)
0.05695
1920190
(-12 from 1919)
706
(-31 from 1919)
0.06414
1919178
(+16 from 1918)
737
(+79 from 1918)
0.07259
1918194
(-2 from 1917)
658
(+36 from 1917)
0.06275
1917192
(-6 from 1916)
622
(-7 from 1916)
0.06484
1916186
(+9 from 1915)
629
(+61 from 1915)
0.06813
1915195
(-18 from 1914)
568
(+72 from 1914)
0.06448
1914177
(-5 from 1913)
496
(+98 from 1913)
0.07259
1913172
(-10 from 1912)
398
(+39 from 1912)
0.07422
1912162
(-19 from 1911)
359
(+126 from 1911)
0.07952
1911143
(-13 from 1910)
233
(-19 from 1910)
0.09652
1910130
(-2 from 1909)
252
(+43 from 1909)
0.12085
1909128
(+17 from 1908)
209
(+47 from 1908)
0.11817
1908145
(-12 from 1907)
162
(-16 from 1907)
0.09738
1907133
(-5 from 1906)
178
(+15 from 1906)
0.11224
1906128
(+16 from 1905)
163
(+16 from 1905)
0.11314
1905144
(-18 from 1904)
147
(-20 from 1904)
0.10263
1904126
(+9 from 1903)
167
(+29 from 1903)
0.12058
1903135
No change from 1902
138
(-5 from 1902)
0.10671
1902135
(-11 from 1901)
143
(+10 from 1901)
0.10772
1901124
(-8 from 1900)
133
(-65 from 1900)
0.11506
1900116
(+3 from 1899)
198
(+59 from 1899)
0.12213
1899119
(-2 from 1898)
139
(-17 from 1898)
0.12067
1898117
(-16 from 1897)
156
(-19 from 1897)
0.11809
1897101
(-1 from 1896)
175
(-16 from 1896)
0.14351
1896100
(+7 from 1895)
191
(+19 from 1895)
0.14798
1895107
(-2 from 1894)
172
(+2 from 1894)
0.13582
1894105
(-8 from 1893)
170
(-12 from 1893)
0.13612
189397
(-3 from 1892)
182
(-21 from 1892)
0.15036
189294
(+7 from 1891)
203
(+43 from 1891)
0.15443
1891101
(-9 from 1890)
160
(-27 from 1890)
0.14643
189092
(-1 from 1889)
187
(-1 from 1889)
0.15622
188991
(-6 from 1888)
188
(-33 from 1888)
0.15794
188885
(-2 from 1887)
221
(+27 from 1887)
0.17012
188783
(-5 from 1886)
194
(-30 from 1886)
0.17748
188678
(+1 from 1885)
224
(+20 from 1885)
0.18817
188579
(-4 from 1884)
204
(-39 from 1884)
0.17595
188475
(-5 from 1883)
243
(+16 from 1883)
0.19798
188370
(-5 from 1882)
227
(-51 from 1882)
0.20182
188265
(-1 from 1881)
278
(+20 from 1881)
0.22781
188164
(-2 from 1880)
258
(-16 from 1880)
0.23828
188062
First SSA data recorded
274
First SSA data recorded
0.23142

American States Popularity Rankings for Isaac

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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New York (NY)

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Florida (FL)

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Illinois (IL)

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Ohio (OH)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Michigan (MI)

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Georgia (GA)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Washington (WA)

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Indiana (IN)

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Virginia (VA)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Colorado (CO)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Utah (UT)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Missouri (MO)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Oregon (OR)

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Alabama (AL)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Maryland (MD)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Kansas (KS)

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Iowa (IA)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Nevada (NV)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Idaho (ID)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Maine (ME)

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North Dakota (ND)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Montana (MT)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Alaska (AK)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Vermont (VT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Delaware (DE)

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Popularity Rankings for Isaac in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in France

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Mexico

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Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#622020#512021#352022

Popularity in Portugal

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Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#452021#532022#462023

Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Spain

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in Uruguay

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Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in Sweden

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Germany

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Isaac a Name for Boys or Girls?

Isaac is primarily a masculine name. It has traditionally been used for boys and is associated with male biblical figures.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Isaac

Isaac in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Isaac Newton (Physicist, 1643-1727): An English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, known for formulating the laws of motion and universal gravitation.
  • Isaac Asimov (Writer, 1920-1992): A Russian-born American writer and professor of biochemistry, famous for his works of science fiction and popular science, including the "Foundation" series.
  • Isaac Hayes (Musician, 1942-2008): An American singer, songwriter, and actor known for his soulful music and for writing the Oscar-winning theme for the movie "Shaft."
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer (Author, 1902-1991): A Polish-American writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 for his contributions to literature.
  • Isaac Hanson (Musician, born 1980): An American musician, guitarist, and member of the pop rock band Hanson.
  • Isaac Hempstead Wright (Actor, born 1999): An English actor best known for his role as Bran Stark in the HBO series "Game of Thrones."
  • Isaac Mizrahi (Designer, born 1961): An American fashion designer, TV presenter, and entertainer.
  • Isaac Albéniz (Composer, 1860-1909): A Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on Spanish folk music.
  • Isaac Brock (Musician, born 1975): An American musician, lead singer, and guitarist of the indie rock band Modest Mouse.
  • Isaac Cruz (Boxer, born 1998): A Mexican professional boxer ranked among the top active lightweights in the world.
  • Isaac Newton ("Doctor Who," 1963 TV Show): A historical figure who appeared in multiple episodes, showcasing his scientific legacy.
  • Isaac Asimov ("I, Robot," 2004 Film): His "Robot" series inspired the movie, highlighting his impact on science fiction.
  • Isaac ("The Binding of Isaac," 2011 Video Game): The main character in this popular game that explores dark and surreal themes.
  • Isaac Lahey ("Teen Wolf," 2011 TV Show): A character with a troubled past and complex personality in this supernatural series.
  • Isaac Mendez ("Heroes," 2006 TV Show): A character with the ability to paint the future, crucial to the show's plot.
  • "Me & Isaac Newton" (1999, Documentary): A documentary profiling Isaac Newton's life and contributions to science.