[ 3 syll. i-si-do-re, is-id-ore ] The baby boy name Isidore is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is IHZ-ih-DowR in English or iy-Ziy-DOWR in French †. Isidore is largely used in the English and French languages, and its origin is Old Greek. The name is of the meaning gift of Isis. It is from the elements 'doron' meaning gift ; 'Isis'. The name is derived from Isidoros (Old Greek), which is from the Greek 'doron' and the Egyptian Isis, the name of an Egyptian goddess celebrated as the ideal mother and wife; she was also the wife and sister of Osiris and the mother of Horus. The name was popular with early Christians despite its pagan associations. It was borne by Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636), one of the great scholars of the early Middle Ages. It was often taken as the Christianized equivalent of the Jewish Isaiah then, but by the late Middle Ages, the name came to be perceived mainly as a Jewish name. The name was adopted by English speakers from the 19th century. The name Isidora (English, German, and Italian) is the female equivalent of Isidore.
Isidore is a widely used name; it has 34 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Cedro, Cidro, Esidor, Esidore, Isador (used in German as well), Isadore, Isidoros, Isidorus, Issee, Issey, Issi, Issie, Isydro, Ixidor, Izador, Izadore, Izidor, Izidore, Izidro, Izydro, Izzee, Izzey, and Izzi. Other English variants include the short form Ysidro, and the pet forms Dory, Issy, Izzie, and Izzy.
Isidore is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1914, 0.023% of baby boys were given the name Isidore. Its ranking then was #380. The baby name has since markedly fallen in popularity, and is now of infrequent use. Within all boy names in its group, Isidore was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. Isidore has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys.
Baby names that sound like Isidore include Isador, Isadore, Isidor, Isidro, Isodore, Isydro, Izador, Izydor, Ysidro, Isadoro, Isidoro, and Ixidor.
† Pronunciation for Isidore: IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"