Origin : Hebrew


The name Jacob is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter". Biblical Jacob ceded his Number 1 spot to biblical Noah, in 2013, after holding first place on the list of baby boy names from 1999 to 2012, having been given a huge boost by the Twilight phenomenon. Jacob is still the most popular of the boy names starting with J Jacob has widespread appeal to a range of parents, with an image of honesty and warmth. Another plus is the friendly nickname Jake -- also given on its own to thousands of boys every year -- which shares the cool appeal of equally stylish cousins Max and Sam. The downside is that Jacob is at this point way overused. In the Old Testament, Jacob was one of the most important patriarchs of the tribes of Israel. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and the twin brother of Esau, as well as the husband of both Leah and Rachel. The 12 tribes of Israel evolved from his 12 sons. Jacoby is a rapidly rising variation. Jakob, meanwhile, is an alternate spelling used by the Dutch, Scandinavians and Germans. Some interesting international versions include the Scottish Hamish, the Cornish Jago and the Dutch Jaap.

Popularity of name Jacob over time

There are 933726 people in the U.S. with the first name Jacob, this name was mostly popular in 1998 with popularity 36016 .

Jacob is used for both genders.

99.76 percent of people with the first name Jacob are man

0.24 percent of people with the first name Jacob are woman

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Most Famous People Named Jacob

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character on British soap "Emmerdale"
American actor.
character from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
character in "Pacific Rim"
character in the Nightmare on Elm Street series
American actor.
American actor.
Canadian actor.
main character in the "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series by Ransom Riggs
German philologist
American politician; 28th Governor of Ohio.
character from TV's "Lost"
main character in book/movie "Water for Elephants"
werewolf character in the "Twilight" series
President of South Africa
American baseball pitcher.
character on British soap "EastEnders"
American baseball pitcher.
character on TV's "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
American guitarist.
American actor and singer.
Mexican-American actor.

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