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What does Yaakov mean?

Yaakov /yaa-kov/ as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Yaakov is "he who supplants". Variant of Jacob. Comedian Yakov Smirnov.

Associated with: supplants (victory).


Yaakov has 7 variants: Iago, Yaacob, Yachov, Yacov, Yago, Yakob and Yakov.

Related boy name: Akiva.

Yaakov has 7 more related forms via Jacob, Yakov: Iakob, Iakov, Jacko, Jackob, Jakob, Jakov and Yakup.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Yaakon, Yukov, ..

(female) Yaacon, Yaako, ..

How popular is Yaakov?

Yaakov is an unusual given name for males. Yaakov is an equally unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Yaakov for boys. Yaakov entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #1062 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #1231 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Yaakov name in U.S.

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

Prominent varying forms of Yaakov (#1231 in 2014) are Jacob (#4 in 2014), Jakob (#458), Yakov (#1776) and Akiva (#1831). Other variants, like Iakov, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Yaakov was common among parents 15 years ago (usage of 1.94%) and is now much less (usage 0.93%, 52%), with the version Jakob falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Yaakov, Akiva, Jacob, Jakob, Yakov in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Haakon, Markov, Yaar, Yakar, Yakim, Yanno, Yarrow and Yukon. Like Yaakov, these names are not commonly used.