Jacob Name Meaning & Origin

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.

Related Names:

Coby, Jacobo, Jake, Jakob, Jay, Jaycob, Yakov

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Famous real-life people named Jacob

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 Sartorius- social media star
Jacob Epstein - Sculptor
Jacob H. Stewart - Politician
Jacob Sartorius- Social Media Star
Jacob "Jake" Pitts- lead guitarist for Black Veil Brides
Jacob "Jake" Mitchell- YouTube Personality
Jacob L. Devers - War Hero
Jacob Lateiner - Pianist
John Jacob Astor
Jacob Tremblay, Actor
Jacob Emerson Fishman (b. 2008), son of American actress Courtney Thorne-Smith

Jacob in song, story & screen

Jacob, father of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Bible
"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)
Jacob Portman, a character in the Ransom Riggs series "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children"
Jake Ryan (Hannah Montana)
Jacob Two-Two, the protagonist of Mordecai Richler's series, by the same name
Jacob Graylick from The Little House series

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