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Gender: male
Pronunciation: JAY-kub
Meaning: Heel-catcher; figuratively, Underhanded
Related Names: Iago, Iakovos, Jaak, Jaako, Jack, Jacobe, Jacques, Jaime, Jake, Yaqub, Yacoub, Yakov

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 1

Name: jacob Origin: Latin,,, Hebrew,,, Greek,, Meaning (no case): heel-catcher; figuratively, underhanded



Hebrew, Ya'aqob[1]

The name Jacob originally came from the Hebrew name Ya'aquov. Jacob has undergone many variants throughout he ages, from the Greek translation Lakobus, to Latin Jacobus, to the modern day "Jacob." The name is of Biblical context; Jacob made his first documented appearance in the book of Genesis. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca. History tells us that Jacob's name is a reference to his birth. Jacob was born holding on to the heel of his twin brother Esau. Jacob was father to the 12 founders of the 12 tribes of Israel. The Qur'an although not giving details of the life of Jacob it does state that Jacob was of the company of the elect and the good (38:47, 21:75). Yaqub (Arabic version) is an accepted name in the Muslim Culture showing the reverence towards the name Jacob.


According to social security records within the United States of America, Jacob is the most popular choice presently for prospective parents. Whilst Jacobs cognate "James" was a top baby boy choice for a period of 100 years holding the top five positions for boy names between the year 1880 to 1980, Jacob reintroduced himself to the name scene in 1995 as the fourth most popular boy's name. In the preceding two years the name continued to gain popularity, stepping to the third and second spot. Jacob was the second most popular name for two years, at which point it surpassed Michael and became the most popular name. Over the past 8 years Jacob has remained America's most popular baby name.


  • Iakovos (Greek), Jaak (Estonian), Jaako (Finnish), Jacobe (Hebrew), Jacques (French), Yacoub (Arabic)
  • Jacobs is also known to be a Surname in countries which speak English or Dutch.
  • A popular weaving game for children using Yarn is called Jacobs Ladder.
  • Jacob's biscuits and cream crackers are the most popular brand in Ireland.
  • Jacobs Creek is a popular brand of Australian wine.


  • Jacob is a town situated in the state of Florida.
  • Jacob is a movie made in 1995 that depicts the biblical story of Jacob.
  • Jacobs Light Foundation is set up to help send militants abroad comforts from home. The foundation deals primarily with soldiers who have no family back in the USA.


  • Jake (Jacob) Gyllenhaal: Jake was born 19th December 1990 in Los Angeles. Jake is a famous actor starring in lead roles in movies such as Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, Proof and Jarhead.
  • Jacob Miller: (1952-1980) Jacob was a famous Jamaican reggae artist. Hit songs include tired fe Lick Weed, Tenement Yard and Stand Firm.
  • Jacob Grimm: (1785-1863) the editor of the Grimm's Fairy Tales.


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Author: Theresa Willbye


Facts about JacobRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 5  +
Meaning Heel-catcher; figuratively, Underhanded  +
Meaningnc heel-catcher; figuratively, underhanded  +
Name jacob  +
Origin Latin  +, Hebrew  +, and Greek  +
Pronunciation JAY-kub  +
Rank in 2000s 1  +
Related Iago  +, Iakovos  +, Jaak  +, Jaako  +, Jack  +, Jacobe  +, Jacques  +, Jaime  +, Jake  +, Yaqub  +, Yacoub  +, and Yakov  +
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