What does Jacob mean?
Jacob /ja-cob/ as a boys' name is pronounced JAY-kub. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jacob is "he who supplants".
Also possibly from "la-aqov" (hence Yaakov) meaning "to track or follow". Biblical: the son of Isaac and Rebekah and twin brother of Esau. Jacob fathered 12 sons and a daughter, who became the ancestors of the nation of Israel, the name Jacob himself received after wrestling with an angel. Senator Jacob Javits; actor Jake Gyllenhall.
Jacob▲ has 61 variants: Akiva, Cob, Cobb, Cobby, Cobi, Giacamo, Giacobbe, Giacobo, Giacomo, Giacopo, Hamish, Iacopo, Iacovo, Iago, Iakob, Iakobos, Iakov, Jaap, Jack, Jack, Jackie▼, Jacko, Jackob, Jackobus, Jacky▼, Jaco, Jacobi, Jacobo, Jacobo, Jacobus, Jacobus, Jacoby▲, Jacopo, Jacques▼, Jacquet, Jago, Jaime▲, Jake▲, Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob▲, Jakobe, Jakov, Jakub, James, Jamesie, Jamey▼, Jamie▼, Jamsey, Jay▼, Jayme, Jeb, Jim▼, Jimmie▼, Kapel, Kobus, Seamus, Shamus, Yakov, Yakup and Yaqub.more]
How popular is Jacob?
Jacob is a very prominent first name for males (#122 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1541 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Jacob for boys. Jacob reached its peak rank of #1 in the U.S. in 2012, and is presently at #4. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Hamish, Jack (#41 2 years ago), Jackie, Jacky, Jacoby (#593), Jacques, Jaime (#468), Jake (#190), Jakob (#458), Jakobe, Jakub, James (#9), Jamey, Jamie (#786), Jay (#372), Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Seamus (#900) and Zachary (#82) are the popular related forms of Jacob (#4 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. Other forms, like Yago, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Jacob reached its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (average #537) and is somewhat less today (#662, 26.9% less). James has historically been popular among parents, although Jake seems to be gaining popularity too, and Jay has become less popular. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Jacob and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Jacot. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jacob.