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.

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Comments and insights on the name Jacob: | Edit

The only warning I have about this name is that though this name was a popular name before, since Twilight everyone and their father's name is Jacob. So if you want some indivituality, you can try spelling it differently (Jakob, Jaycob,Jaykob) or a variation (Jacobe, Jakobe, Jakeson, Jakeriah)

People might say this name was popularised by the Twilight Saga, but when you stop and think, Jacob was a really popular name even before those books came out. Now some people think every Jacob born since then is named after Jacob Black. Fact is, the name was one of the most popular before the books, and I'm not surprised that the name's still continuing it's rein now... only since the Twilight fad started, some people might want to opt out of choosing this name. But for me, when I hear the name "Jacob," I don't automatically think "Jacob Black." Actually, Jacob Black barely comes to mind at all. Most of the time, I just think of all of the Jacobs I know, (because I know of quite a lot,) and then occasionally I think of how popular the name is. But I doubt Jacob Black is the highest factor in its commonness. Let's face it: there have almost always been plenty of Jacobs - and of various ages - around, so why is everyone so shocked people still dare to use the name? One bad person doesn't change all of the good people in the world with the same name, just like one not-so-great character or series won't change the way real people will act who have that name, to people with the name, or take away from other good characters named Jacob. It's all a matter of perspective. Yes, most people will stray away from the name "Adolf" or any variation, for obvious reasons, and I strongly encourage and advise you do, too. But "Jacob Black" wasn't a murderer. He won't go down in history as an evil person - he might not be remembered at all in twenty or fifty years time. But there will always be some Jacobs around. Those Jacobs might not make the news or the Bestseller list, but they will be there, possibly making a difference in the world in the smallest but significant way. Let's not make the name extinct, and stop being afraid to use the name Jacob, just because of some negative publicity on it... having a kid named Jacob won't take away from their identity, because there's no set one... I can't make that guarantee if you choose the name Bella, though - sorry - you'll have to choose a variation or other alternative for that one. :)

Personal experiences with the name Jacob: | Edit

When I hear Jacob, I always think of the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC... Most of the boys we know named Jacob go by Jake.

My little brother's name is Jacob and he is amazing. He is called Jake, Jakey, and Jake-ster in the house, but to everyone else he is Just Jacob.

Jacob has alsways struck me as a perfect name for a boy in all stages of life; baby, teen, dad, and even as a grandpa. It's one of the names that can't be pinned down to a certain age.

I love this name. its my sons name. unfortunetly his middle name is john after my dad.. so jacob john, instead of John jacob. that song is so old now!

I agree that Jacob is the perfect name through life....however, I'm a teacher an every Jacob in class has been somewhat bold including my own Jacob...bold but loveable!

Nicknames for Jacob: | Edit

Jake, Jay, Coby, Jaco, Cub, Cubbie, Jakey, Jakey-bake, Jakers, Jakey-Boo, jakey-d!!!, Jake the snake, Jake, J., Jack, Jakes, Jace, JJ, Cob Jay-cub, Jakeriah, Jakester

Meanings and history of the name Jacob: | Edit
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Famous real-life people named Jacob: | Edit

Jacob "Jake" Gyllenhaal - American actor
Jacob "Cubbie" Fink - Plays Bass in Foster the People
Jacob Vargas - American actor

Jacob in song, story & screen: | Edit

John Jacob Astor
"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

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