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pinWhat 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.

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.

Kreatif forms: Jecob, Jicob, Jucob. [more]

pinHow 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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jacob, Jack, Jackie, Jacky, Jacoby in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jacques, Jaime, Jake, Jakob, Jakobe in U.S.

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jim, Jimmie, Seamus, Zachary in U.S.

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

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

pinSimilar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Jacot. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jacob.