Jacob: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jacob

Jacob

Pronunciation: JAY-kuhb (key)

Origin of the name Jacob:

From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Iacobus, which is from the Greek Iakōbos, a name derived from the Hebrew Yaakov. The name has its root in ya`aqob (seizing by the heel, supplanting). The name is borne in the Bible by the father of twelve sons who became the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel. Pet: Jake.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Jacob: | Edit

Jacob is an extremely common, yet very handsome, masculine name for a baby boy that is always a great pick. Pronounced Jay-cub.

Personal experiences with the name Jacob: | Edit

-When I was a kid, my favorite name in the world was Jake or Jacob even though I was a girl. I even wrote a play about a mean boy in school named Jake and I began writing a chapter book about a little boy named Jacob who was sad because his dad was going off to war. Me and my brothers used to play bar, and I would pretend I was the bartender named Jake. I told my mom how much I loved the name, and she told me it meant "liar". It made me very sad. There was a song called “Jacob and two Women” on a cd that my dad used to always listen to. For some reason, I was very intrigued by it. Then I got into high school and one of my buddies happened to be named Jacob or Jake for short, but I called him Jackery. He's obsessed with video games, guns, cars, and hard alcohol, and his sister's name is Lindsey. There was another guy named Jake in high school who was a perverted jerk and hit on me inappropriately. Then in college, there was yet another Jake, and this fellow I fell in love with. He was by far the most attractive-looking young man I have ever met with an amazing personality to match. I wrote this fellow a four page love letter, drew him a gorgeous picture in oil pastels, and harassed him by text and email telling him I was in love with him. He told me he got a girlfriend whose name was Lindsey and then blocked me. I treasure the mosquito-repellent bracelet he gave me when we were camping. Though it's my favorite color, it's really ugly, but it's all I have. So I just cry, drink fruity coolers, and eat chocolate. Basically, if you name your child Jacob, they will either turn out to be a hick, a pervert, or a heartless heartbreaker. And will likely be destined to be associated with someone named Lindsey in some way. Good luck. Have a nice day.

-My older brother's name is Jacob. He's always been extremely nice to me, and very encouraging, even while we were growing up. So luckily for me, I'm one of those little sisters who was blessed with (well, first off, ONE brother x)) a brother who isn't the mean kind, (though he did do his fair share of teasing, but playfully of course), and who was instead very kind and loving to me. I love my big brother Jacob a lot. (Very great name!) :)

On another note, (I'm the same person who wrote up above about my brother), I have a very close friend, who I've known for years, named Jacob. He's a VERY nice man! Also very hilarious. He always tries to make people feel comfortable and happy -- He's a real optimist. I love him to pieces, he's great. He's also my boyfriend's (who I have a daughter with) brother. :)

Aaaaand on a final note, (I'm the same person who wrote about my brother and my friend up above), I have ANOTHER really great friend named Jacob! Imagine that! He's a really nice guy. He loves animals and has taken many in as pets. He also volunteers at shelters to help the ones he can't take in, like abused, malnourished, abandoned etc. animals that need help. He's very sweet, I've known him for years.

So! Overall, I love this name, it's great! It may be popular and common as hell, but it's handsome and the only ones I've ever known are extremely kind people with awesome personalities. :)

Nicknames for Jacob: | Edit

Jake, Jay, Coby, Cub, Jaco, Cubbie, Jakey, Jakey-bake, Jakers, Jakey-Boo, Jake, J., Jack, Jace, JJ, Jay-cub, Jackery

Meanings and history of the name Jacob: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Jacob".

Biblical:
That supplants, undermines, the heel.

American:
That supplants, undermines, the heel.

Hebrew:
He grasps the heel. Supplanter.

Famous real-life people named Jacob: | Edit

Jacob Hoggard - Lead Singer from the band Hedley
Jacob "Jake" Gyllenhaal - American actor
Jacob "Cubbie" Fink - Plays Bass in Foster the People
Jacob Vargas - American actor
Jacob Latimore - Singer
Jacob Smith - Actor
Jacob Young - Soap Opera Actor
Jacob Perkins - Engineer
Jacob Epstein - Sculptor
Jacob H. Stewart - Politician
Jacob L. Devers - War Hero
Jacob Lateiner - Pianist
John Jacob Astor

Jacob in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Jacob 'Jake' Barnes", Hemingway's wry protagonist in "The Sun Also Rises"
Jacob Marley (ghost that haunts Scrooge)
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (His name is my name, too)
The Two Jakes (Jack Nicholson movie)
Jacob Have I Loved (YA novel)
Joliet Jake Blues (The Blues Brothers)
Jacob Black (Twilight series)
Jake Ryan (Hannah Montana)
Jacob Two-Two, the protagonist of Mordecai Richler's series, by the same name

"Jacob, Jacob bo Bacob,
Banana Fanna Fo facob,
Me my mo macob,
Jacob."

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