Do you assume that Isaac is Jewish?

Hi, I'm expecting twin boys next month and we are finally narrowing down the name list. My husband and I are pretty happy with the names Harrison and Isaac. But, I get concerned that Isaac is a little too "Jewish". (If you didn't guess already, we are not Jewish.) Am I setting my son up for annoying conversations later in life?



February 19, 2014 9:41 PM

Definitely not. Isaac is in the category of Old Testament names that is used so commonly that it wouldn't even occur to me that he might be Jewish. I'd group it with other biblical classics like Benjamin and Samuel. 

February 19, 2014 9:56 PM

Ditto. In fact, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Josiah, Noah, etc. would all be in this category for me.

By jmay
February 19, 2014 10:12 PM

Nope, it wouldn't cross my mind :-) 

By mk
February 19, 2014 10:50 PM

No, it would never even occur to me to think that.

February 20, 2014 12:12 AM

Ditto for me. In fact, all the Isaacs I know are non-Jewish.

February 20, 2014 12:10 AM

Not at all. :)

February 20, 2014 9:42 AM

I personally don't see it as too Jewish -- it's been on my list for a while, and for me the religious connotation is St. Isaac Jogues -- but I will admit my husband keeps saying no because to him it does read as too Jewish. I'm so glad to see everyone else on here disagrees with him!

February 20, 2014 10:10 AM

Thanks for all the responses! I guess the few Isaacs I know are Jewish and so that is my connection to it. But I do feel better knowing that so many of you don't see that connection. I think it will stay!


February 20, 2014 11:18 AM

Isaac Newton, Izaak Walton, Isaac Hayes--not Jewish.  In fact, I would say among current small children an Isaac would be less likely to be Jewish.  A Jewish child would be named Yitzchok and if from a very observant stream of Judaism Yitzchok would be the only name.  From a less observant or non-observant family there would be an additional "English" name which could be anything, but is not particularly likely to be Isaac.

By mk
February 20, 2014 2:56 PM

The Isaacs I know are either devout Catholics or not religious at all.

February 20, 2014 12:30 PM

I agree with other posters that I wouldn't assume Jewish if I were to meet someone named Isaac.

FWIW, my niece has 6 week old twin boys named !saac and El!  Harris was a name they considered, so it sounds as if you and my niece have very similiar taste in names.  

February 21, 2014 9:33 PM

Nope! It's a great name no matter your cultural heritage, and I know two little Isaacs, neither of whom happens to be Jewish.