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Biblical name, borne by the elder twin brother of Jacob, to whom he sold his birthright for a bowl of soup (‘a mess of potage’ in the Authorized Version) when he came home tired and hungry from a hunt. The name seems to mean ‘hairy’ in Hebrew (Genesis 25:25 ‘and the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau’). It is now rarely used as a given name in the English-speaking world.
6,811th in the U.S.

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Quick facts

Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
2,164
to be exact
South Carolina
has the most people named Esau per capita
2007
marked the height of its popularity
0%
100%
8%
55+
7%
30-54
22%
13-29
63%
0-12

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