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What does Jacob mean?

Jacob \j(a)-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 53 variants: Cob, Cobb, Cobby, Giacamo, Giacobbe, Giacobo, Giacomo, Giacopo, Hamish, Iacopo, Iacovo, Iago, Iakob, Iakobos, Iakov, Jaap, Jack, Jack, Jackie, Jacko, Jacky, Jaco, Jacobi, Jacobo, Jacobo, Jacobus, Jacobus, Jacoby, 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.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Esau, Jock, Kobi and Zachary.

Jacob has 5 more alternative forms via Yaakov: Yaacob, Yachov, Yacov, Yago and Yakob.

Jacob has 2 feminine forms: Jacobina and Jacqueline.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jacob name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jacob outside U.S.

Hamish, Jack (#41 a year 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 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4622%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.338%, down 26.9%), with forms such as Jacques, Jamey, Jamie, Jim and Jimmie falling out of fashion. The more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation are Jacob (#4), Jaime (#468), Jake (#190), Jakob (#458) and Zachary (#82), with Jacob and Jake going through a rebound in popularity. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Jacob and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jack, Jackie, Jacky, Jacob, Jacoby, Jacques, Jaime, Jake, Jakob, Jakobe in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of James, Jamey, Jamie, Jay, Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Seamus, Zachary in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hamish, Jack, Jacob, Jake, Jakob outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jakub, James, Jamie, Jay, Seamus outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zachary outside U.S.

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Recommended similar baby names are Jacopo and Jacot. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jacob.