[ 3 syll. i-sa-iah, is-ai-ah ] The baby boy name Isaiah is pronounced ay-ZAY-ah or ay-ZEY-ah in English †. Isaiah's origin is Hebrew, and its use, English and Hebrew. The meaning of the name is 'Yahweh is salvation'. It is a biblical name derived from sha meaning 'to help, to deliver' ; yahweh 'name of God'. Yeshayah (Hebrew) is an older form of Isaiah. The name was borne by a major prophet in the Bible who lived in the 8th century BC. The name was first adopted by English Puritans in the 17th century, but it was not very common. The name is today mainly used by Jews.
The name Isaiah is used to a great extent; it has 35 variants that are used in English and foreign languages. Variants of the name used in English include Essaiah, Ihaia, Ikaia, Isa (used in Hebrew too), Isaia, Isaias, Isaid, Isais, Isaish, Isay, Isaya, Isayah, Isia, Isiah, Issia, Issiah, Izaiah, Izaya, Izayah, Izeyah, Iziah, Yeshaya, Ysai, and Ysaias.
Foreign variants include Eesaia (Russian), Esa (Finnish), Esaias (Greek), Ikia (Hawaiian), Isai (Hebrew), Isaïe (French), Issa (Hebrew), Izajasz (Polish), Jesaja (German), and Yeshayahu (Hebrew). Another foreign variant is the familiar form Shai (Hebrew).
Isaiah is very popular as a baby boy name. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 1970s. At the modest height of its usage in 2006, 0.474% of baby boys were given the name Isaiah. It was #40 in rank then. In 2012, it ranked at #42 with a usage of 0.400%, and it was the most popular within all boy names in its family. Isaiah was used 11 times more than the next most popular name, Izaiah, in 2012.
† Pronunciation for Isaiah: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
A famous person named Isaiah is Actor Isaiah Washington, born 3 August 1963, Houston, Texas.