Meaning and name origin
Jacob \j(a)-cob\ as a boy's 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 53 variant forms: Cob, Cobb, Cobby, Giacamo, Giacobbe, Giacobo, Giacomo, Giacopo, Hamish, Iacopo, Iacovo, Iago, Iakob, Iakobos, Iakov, Jaap, Jack, Jaco, Jacobo, Jacobi, Jacobus, Jacoby▲, Jack, Jackie▼, Jacko, Jacky▼, Jacobo, Jacobus, Jacques▼, Jacquet, Jago, Jaime▲, Jake▲, Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob▲, Jakobe, Jakov, Jakub, James, Jamesie, Jamey▼, Jamie▼, Jamsey, Jay▼, Jayme, Jim▼, Jimmie▼, Seamus, Shamus, Yakov, Yakup and Yaqub.
Jacob is a very popular first name for males (#122 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1894 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jacob for boys. Jacob reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. in 2012 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jacob and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jacob (#4), James (#9), Jack (#41), Zachary (#82), Jake (#190), Jay (#372), Jakob (#458), Jaime (#468), Jacoby (#593), Jamie (#786), Seamus (#900), Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Shamus, Jakobe, Jacky, Jackie, Jacques, Hamish, Jakub and Jamey. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).