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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) 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 name popularity of the name Jacob for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jacob and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Hamish, Jack, Jackie, Jacky, Jacob, Jacoby, Jacques, Jaime, Jake, Jakob, Jakobe, Jakub, James, Jamey, Jamie, Jay, Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Seamus, Shamus and Zachary. (2014 statistics).
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