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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.

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

There are 2 feminine forms of Jacob: Jacobina and Jacqueline.


Popularity

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).


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

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

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).


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, Jacky, Jacob, Jake outside U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Seamus, Shamus, Zachary outside U.S.


Similar Names

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

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