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Jacob 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. Jacobo is a Spanish form; Yakov (YAH-kav) is Russian. Senator Jacob Javits; actor Jake Gyllenhall.

Jacob has 52 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, Jakov, Jakub, James, Jamesie, Jamey, Jamie, Jamsey, Jay, Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Seamus, Shamus, Yakov, Yakup and Yaqub.

For more information, see also related names Esau, Jock, Kobi and Zachary.

Suggested similar baby names are Jacopo and Jacot.

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Popularity of Jacob

Jacob is a very popular first name for males (#122 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1894 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Jacob name for boys (2012 statistics). Compare Jacob with its variant forms and related boy baby names.


Top 1000 ranking of Jacob name in U.S.
Top 100 ranking of Jacob outside U.S.

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