Jacob meaning

: He Who Supplants

Jacob Name Information

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


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

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.

Jacob Name Origin and History

Additional description of the name Jacob
Additional description of the name Jacob

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.

Moreover, 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.

Cool Info About Name Jacob

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Additional name description Jacob

The popularity of the name Jacob

The name “ Jacob “is 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 from 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.

From 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 kids 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 was named Jacob.

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

features 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 affirming, 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 of Serb

Jacob of Alaska

Jacob of Nisibis

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.

Similar names to the name Jacob

James, Jakob, Jakov and Jakub

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Comments on the name Jacob
01/14/2024 00:00:00

It's worked for me for 28 years now! Growing up, I rarely ran into another Jacob (or Jake). In recent years, however, It's quite common to be walking around somewhere and hear my name called. When I turn and look, out of habit, It's normally a little kid being called.

01/09/2024 06:16:22

this name eldon is for unique kids if you name your kids this which I would because It's my brothe's name p.s name a girl kitty it a cute name name

01/08/2024 13:31:16

my grandson,s name is spelled Jakob are there othe's that'spell it like this

01/03/2024 09:30:00

The meaning of the name JAMAL is beauty or handsome.i think this is realy my name bcos God crated me te be such a fair and handsom guy.Allah also describe the religion of Islam as "JAMAL-DEEN" meaning beautiful DEEN(religion).the name's pronounce as JAMAAAL as it is written in arabic language which differ it from Jamalu(kamel)

12/31/2023 06:15:52

My son is 6 years old and loves his name. We've pretty much always called him "Jacob" up until this point.

12/29/2023 18:06:58

I have a bunch of name choices and my fourth is Seth Jakub.

12/11/2023 04:34:50

my name is Jakobe not sure of the exact origin My family is german/polish but i would guess its a version of jacob people do call me "jake" or "coby"

11/17/2023 23:57:18

My english teacher ALWAYS just called me "the'supplanter" the my whole senior year... yikes!

10/13/2023 21:22:32

I'much love this name,I dont rly kno why but i do lol its very very nice.

10/02/2023 16:10:24

My name is Jacob. I love my name. I was named after my grandfather. People often misspell it Jacup, Jacub, or Jakub. When'the Twilight movie came out I started seeing Team Jacob T-Shirts everywhere. So of course my girlfriend had to buy one!

09/13/2023 09:00:16

I really really love this name. and not only becuz its the name of my future husband but becuz its a hot, tough, and maybe even a pretty name. Ten'thumbs up!!!

09/03/2023 18:53:22

A really weird guy in my class is named Jacob. Well, there are two of them, and they're both weird.

09/03/2023 15:39:24

why is zhane pronounce like janay. from how i read it it would sound like zane

09/01/2023 15:27:32

since it means thief, kinda ruins the name... and the biblical jacob (albeit he was named since he was holding his brother's heel at birth).. did end up being a thief, thus living up to his name.

08/28/2023 22:24:38

My best friend is named Jacob, and he "ousted" his older brother from my heart.(Just kidding)

08/23/2023 16:55:12

I love this name, but I hate how common it's becoming. I would still name my son Jacob, but possibly spell it differently. I know two Jacobs, one spells his Jakob and one spells it Jakub.

08/12/2023 03:46:58

My boyfriends name is Jaccob..with 2 c' I'm so used to it being spelled lik tht soo it just looks weird when I see Jacob..and ppl call him Jake and he trys to get me to call him tht but I won't..Jaccob is so much better.. Jaccob Ryan Lang.

08/09/2023 22:35:20

I named my son Jacob because I thought It'sounded like a good tough boy name. I'mostly call him Jake or Jakey.

08/01/2023 20:02:04

Great, strong Biblical name. Named my son Jacob.

07/27/2023 21:18:12

i think this name is gorgeous,,,im a religious person and i loved It'since i heard it on the bible. my husband's son is named Jacob,,he couldn't have found a better one. It is very popular now in days too.

07/24/2023 22:46:12

Nice old name, with goode nickname "Jake", but way too common and over'sed now.

07/19/2023 00:14:02

my son is named jacob and i didn't know any jacobs before i named him - he was born in 2006 and appears to be in the middle of the "boom" of baby boys named jacob

07/08/2023 10:01:12

I'll bet 100 $ that you never will meet any stupid JAcob they are always handsome kind and friendly

07/05/2023 12:39:44

I think It's funny that guys with the name Jacob get confronted by people who have read Twilight.... Apparently it irriatates the Jacobs.... lol

06/12/2023 05:23:30

My name is Jacob and they do spell and pronounce it wrong. "Jacup" I have met ~4 people with this name. My parents call me Jake and my newly adopted brother and sisters call me Jack.

06/10/2023 15:11:10

i only no one jacob but the one i no is SO nippy lol

05/19/2023 10:39:34

my name is jacob and it means a "grabber" Jacob in the bible wrestled a angel to take all of its blessing, jacob had many blessing and was so stubborn so god gave him one defect, one shorter leg so hed always depend on him. okay thats all im typing

05/07/2023 11:31:48

My husband and I named our third son Jacob. We usually shorten it to Jake or I will call him Jakey. He only lets me call him that, I think he's kind of outgrowing it, but he'll always be my Jakey.

05/02/2023 06:20:00

i've always loved the name Jacob. When I was younger and picking out kid's names, this is one of the first I fell in love with. My boyfriend and I have already decided if we have a son, his name will be Jacob, just like his father. =)

04/30/2023 16:07:40

My newborn son is named Jacob Ryan. I love his name. Everyone at my middle school thinks I named him after twilight jacob but there just dumb.

04/26/2023 02:12:48

Named my son Jacob. I love the name because it is manly and still cute. When I chose the name I didn't know it was so popular!! Darn it

04/19/2023 06:31:02

this is what we will be naming our son. I love this name. Strong, masculine, n't common, and great meanings

04/18/2023 18:45:42

It's my name and It'sounds weird. Ja = ok cob = weird and reminds me of corn. I can only imagine how It'sounds to other people with a different name...

04/15/2023 06:07:18

I had my son last year and we called him Jacob. Alot of my friends and family were unsure but they soon fell in love with the name when'they met our beautiful son. Im so glad we picked it xx

04/10/2023 08:51:36

Lately I have had this affinity with the name Jacob. My ears would burn and my heart would race whenever I heard that name. Then I did a facebook quiz lately on baby names. The quiz results were astonishing. They said that the name Jacob is suited for one of my boys. Now I'm solid in my belief that my first born boy will be named Jacob. Jacob Isaac. I also love the story of Jacob in the Bible and his love for Rachel.

04/05/2023 10:43:00

my boyfriends names jacob and i love it. but I'mostly call him jakey :)

03/19/2023 13:26:38

love this name! i just hope it doesn't get too popular because of twilight

03/06/2023 11:34:14

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.

03/04/2023 17:50:18

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!!

02/02/2023 15:45:12

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!

01/24/2023 07:30:58

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

01/19/2023 02:01:32

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. =)

01/06/2023 03:40:44

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!

01/05/2023 20:19:54

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

01/04/2023 19:38:42

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

01/02/2023 13:16:32

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.

12/09/2022 03:33:18

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.

12/08/2022 05:30:48

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!

10/31/2022 04:06:24


10/08/2022 20:56:06

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.

10/05/2022 02:07:24

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

09/25/2022 02:00:58

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

09/20/2022 18:16:24

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!

08/28/2022 21:48:00

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!

06/24/2022 21:43:30

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. :)

06/23/2022 14:36:54

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

05/27/2022 12:03:00

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)

05/17/2022 08:39:36

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

04/26/2022 04:50:06

My namez jakob and im german/polish to.

04/13/2022 22:12:18

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

04/09/2022 22:07:48

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.

03/18/2022 23:05:24

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

03/03/2022 15:15:36

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

02/26/2022 17:13:30

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

12/07/2021 08:36:54

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

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.

11/09/2021 19:59:06

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

11/08/2021 01:53:42

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

10/14/2021 07:08:42

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

09/05/2021 20:49:30

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

08/07/2021 02:12:36

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.

07/19/2021 01:37:30

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.

07/18/2021 00:55:12

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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Jacob FAQs

*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Jacob?
The origin of the name Jacob is English , Hebrew.
*️⃣ What is meaning of name Jacob?
He Who Supplants
*️⃣ 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