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Jacob Name Information

Gender 🧑 Boy
Pronunciation 📣 \j(a)-cob\
Number in U.S 👶 945,000
Rate in 2021 25
Numerology 🔢 4
Name origin 🌍 English , Hebrew

Jacob Name Meaning

The name Jacob meanings and origins

The name “ Jacob “ is a popular name that has been used all around the English speaking countries. The given name is mostly common for boys and less popular for girls all around the globe

Jacob is a classic and popular boy name wich came from the Old Testament and means “supplanter,” which is often interpreted as someone who seizes, circumvents, or usurps. 

Popularity of the name Jacob

The name “ Jacob “ one of the most popular names in Britain, but you should note that this name is not a popular one in Louisiana based on the data by reliable American resources in the year 1937 in the united states of America.

This name was given to about 15 newborn babies in Louisiana in the year 1937 in America. A total of 500 newborn babies were named “ Jacob “ during the year 1937 in the United states of America. Also from the year 1880 to the year 2010, the highest recorded use of the name “ Jacob “ is related to the year 1998 with a total of 36000 newborn babies.

Since the year 1880 to the year 2018, this name was recorded 933000 times in the SSA public database. The name “ Jacob “ appeared in the year 1880 for the first time on the popularity charts and 400 newborn kid were given “ Jacob “ at that time. This name became a popular one in the year 1880 with a rank of 39 nationwide and was registered 400 times as a baby’s name.

The name “ Jacob “ became a popular choice for families in the name selection process in the state of Iowa in the year 1991. The name ranked 1 with 500 babies. The all time high record for the given name was in the year 1998 in the state of California with about 4000 newborn baby boys.

The name “ Jacob “ is a consistent top ranking name in the state of Pennsylvania for 62 consecutive years. Also for the past 30 years, the name “ Jacob “ was recorded about 740 thousand times as in the SSA public database.

Jacob was an extraordinarily popular name: it sat in the number one spot for 13 years from 1999 to 2012. It dropped to spot number two in 2013 and then began to slowly drop down the charts. At the height of its popularity in 2012, nearly 1% of all male babies born that year were named Jacob.

Jacob was ranked No.13 in 2020 boy name ranking in the U.S.

Popularity of the name Jacob

Here we have the letter analysis of the name “ Jacob “

J is for joy, you always bring to the lives

A is for affirm, the certainty of knowledge

C is for compatible, a friend’s bestie

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion

B is for bestow, as you give so much

If you are considering a nickname for a baby named “ Jacob “ you can select the reversed form of the name which can be “ Bocaj “. That version is popular and common as well.



Famous people named Jacob

Patriarch Jacob of Alexandria who was a Greek Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Jakob who was an Archbishop or Serbs

Jacob of Alaska

Jacob of Nisibis


Similar names to the name Jacob

James, Jakob, Jakov and Jakub

Jacob Name Origin and History

Jacob is a name inherited from the Hebrew; Ya'aqob. The meaning of Jacob is both "he who is sustained by God" and "he who holds the heel", two concepts that are closely linked to the biblical history of the name.
If you want to discover why Jacob is also known as the Father of the Chosen People, do not miss this article. We also reveal to you the popularity of the name Jacob, his saint calendar, numerology and the personality of those who are called that. Jacob is a boy's name.

What does Jacob mean?
The name Jacob, of Hebrew origin, comes from the name Ya'aqob. The meaning of Jacob is "he who is supported by God", although it can also literally mean "he who holds the heel", since he was born taking the heel of Esau, his twin brother, with his hand.

Origin of the name Jacob
Jacob is one of the most interesting names that exist today, since many other names derive from its origin, such as Jaime, Santiago, Iago or Diego, among others.

Diminutives and variations of the name Jacob
The only known diminutive (and especially common in English-speaking countries) of the name Jacob is Jake. Here are some variations of the name Jacob:
Yacob, Hacob, Jacop

The name Jacob in other languages
English: Jacob
German: Jakob
Italian: Giacobbe
Spanish: Jacobo
Catalan: Jacob

Saint's Day of Jacob
The day of Jacob's Saint is June 23 (by Blessed Pedro Jacobo of Pesaro). However, depending on which saint the name is due to, it can be celebrated on other dates:

Numerology of the name Jacob
According to numerology, the associated number to the name Jacob is 4.

Additional description of the name Jacob

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Comments on the name Jacob
3/6/2023 11:34:14 AM

Our new grandson is named Jacob..his father is Isaac so of course they had to name him Jacob. Being christians I just love the'symbolI'm of the two names together.

3/4/2023 5:50:18 PM

my uncle's name is Jacob, but he'spells it Jaekub, yah, i know, that's weird. well, I am in love with the name jake, and jacob is nice too, if it is spelled correctly!!

2/2/2023 3:45:12 PM

My Name is Jacob. I dont know what the meaning of my name is. "held by the heel"..some1 plz tell me wat it means!

1/24/2023 7:30:58 AM

I like it but not sure about It's meaning being very nice

1/19/2023 2:01:32 AM

My boyfriend and I want to get married someday, and are already thinking of baby names for our future children. (Yeah, we plan pretty far ahead!) He likes this name, but I'm not sure, i've never really considered it and it has never been a favorite of mine. But the more and more I say it, the more I like it. =) I think if I had a son named Jacob, I think I'd call him Coby. =)

1/6/2023 3:40:44 AM

I, too, loved this name and found it to be common. We used it as a middle name instead. Noah Jacob. both biblical names. And I love to hear my 2yo say to people, " Hi! I am Noah Jacob ------!" Most are surprise that he is so vocal at his age and astounded that he says it so well. It was important to me that he had a strong name and that it would be easier for him to learn how to say and spell. I have long 1st, middle and last so I didn't want my child to have to spell his name repeatedly like i have in my 38 years. My mom says I had no trouble spelling as a child but I sure to tire of spelling all the time!

1/5/2023 8:19:54 PM

One of my best friends in the world is named Jacob, he's the most beautiful person. I love this name.

1/4/2023 7:38:42 PM

My name is Jacob but I like the nickname Jake better.

1/2/2023 1:16:32 PM

another meaning to this name is that god protects. and that has been happening out like that for me my whole life. but i have only met three people with the'same name. but rly everywhere i go i hear the name Jacob called out.

12/9/2022 3:33:18 AM

My name is jacob,but im often called jake.Many people think that it is spelt Jacub.And I am also called jacobe by my italian teacher.

12/8/2022 5:30:48 AM

I know I'm only a teenager but when I grow up if I have a baby boy his name will be Jaikob Eliajah. I know the'spelling is wierd but I like it because it is unique. And anyways I love Team Jacob but don't want the popular spelling of it. And I love the name Jacob so yeah!

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10/8/2022 8:56:06 PM

I'm named Jacob Joshua and I love my name :) Some people call me Jake for short, and less often, Jakey, as a pet name.

10/5/2022 2:07:24 AM

Both my current(third) and my first boyfriends were named Jacob. Its a gorgeous name.

9/25/2022 2:00:58 AM

I need a name of a boy that means miracle child.

9/20/2022 6:16:24 PM

Im Pregenant with twins at the moment. I asked yesterday at my scan what the genders are and they are 2 boys! I cant wait as i have always dreamed of have 2 baby boys to finish my trio.Im gonna call one jacob as a first name and ryan as a middle name. The other is gonna be called LI'm as a first name and connor as a middle name. I have already got 1 daughter called Emily who is 3 and she cant wait either. If it wasnt for this website i wouldnt be calling one of them Jacob!

8/28/2022 9:48:00 PM

My name'so It's bound to be god. I give it 5 stars. i've knowen a few people by my name. I get called Jake too!

6/24/2022 9:43:30 PM

i am having triplets on July 17th 2 girls and one boy i think Jacob is a great name cause my oldest daughter is reading Twilight books and she just loves the name Jacob and i already have a daughter name Bella so its either Jacob or Edward. :)

6/23/2022 2:36:54 PM

Jacob is the best boy name in the world I think that it is awesome

5/27/2022 12:03:00 PM

Im s girl and my name is Jacob, i love my name It's different and not a typical girls name. However, i attend an all girls school and in the beginning of the'school yr when we do register everyone is like "Jacob, huh?" especially now cause in the higher yrs we have mixed classes with boys so their just as confused, but overall i love my name, as the Twilight Sage just made my name more popular. (Lol i also have many Team Jacob t-shirts)

5/17/2022 8:39:36 AM

Want a unique name? Use the original pronounciation: Ya'akov. His Other name: Israel

4/26/2022 4:50:06 AM

My namez jakob and im german/polish to.

4/13/2022 10:12:18 PM

I love the name Jaocb. Its my favorite boy name ever! --

4/9/2022 10:07:48 PM

Even'though it is common I have always liked it. It's very manly yet cute. Jake is a cute shortening although way too common.

3/18/2022 11:05:24 PM

My best friends sister's boyfriend is named Jacob!!! lol

3/3/2022 3:15:36 PM

yh my name is yasmin which is such a cushty name with lots if meanings behind it its wicked man!!!

2/26/2022 5:13:30 PM

love this name.. my husbands name is jacob and we have baby boy on the way which will also be named jacob :)

12/7/2021 8:36:54 AM

i have a 8 year old brother named jacob he loves it!! the only reason he loves the name is cause jacob in the movie twilight is a werewolve and my buba is named after him!

11/16/2021 11:11:42 AM

I use to not like this name too much, but then my cousin and his wife had a son named Jacob. Jacob was born with a fatal birth defect and died when he was 6 months old. Jacob was a very inspiring baby who spent every moment fighting for his life but he never lost his smile. The name Jacob now reminds me of him and how much I love and miss him.

11/9/2021 7:59:06 PM

well my name is jacqueline also and go by jackie. some call me jackie o jackie chan etc . i dislike it but hey better than nothing

11/8/2021 1:53:42 AM

My boyfriend's name is Jacob. My friends and I call him Jake though

10/14/2021 7:08:42 AM

Jacob is among the names that I'most love for a boy. It is sophisticated and modern.

9/5/2021 8:49:30 PM

Too many people call me Elana or Alana. Weird thing is, I have a friend named Alana and they call her Alayna. uh-lay-nuh

8/7/2021 2:12:36 AM

Jacob is rubbish, the worst name ever. If I was called Jacob I would jump off a bridge into shark infested waters. I hate that name, all normal people do.

7/19/2021 1:37:30 AM

My son was born 7 weeks early. He was given'the name Jacob because it is a strong name and he is alright, strong and healthy now.

7/18/2021 12:55:12 AM

This name'sounds like It'should be sung! It's a beautiful name, not too trendy, and due to the meaning "born on Christmast" brings about joy when It's called! Great name!


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*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Jacob?
The origin of the name Jacob is English , Hebrew.
*️⃣ What is meaning of name Jacob?
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*️⃣ How many people are named Jacob?
Almost 945000 people are named Jacob.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Jacob?
The names of Janaye, Janiyah, Janiya, Janya, Janyah