Jacob Name Meaning

What does Jacob Mean?

Jacob Name Gender : Boy Names

Jacob Name Origin : The origin of the name Jacob is English baby names

Meaning Of Jacob : Jacob name meaning is and Dutch) form of the biblical Hebrew name Yaakov. This was borne by perhaps the most important of all the patriarchs in the Book of Genesis. Jacob was the father of twelve sons, who gave their names to the twelve tribes of Israel. He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca. According to the story in Genesis, he was the cunning younger twin, who persuaded his fractionally older brother Esau to part with his right to his inheritance in exchange for a bowl of soup (`a mess of pottage`). Later, he tricked his blind and dying father into blessing him in place of Esau. The derivation of the name has been much discussed. It is traditionally explained as being derived from Hebrew akev heel and to have meant `heel grabber`, because when Jacob was born `his hand took hold of Esau`s heel` (Genesis 25: 26). This is interpreted later in the Bible as `supplanter`; Esau himself remarks, `Is he not rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times` (Genesis 27: 36). As a given name, Jacob is especially common among Jews, although it has also been used by Christians. The usual Christian form James and its cognates in other languages arose from a Late Latin byform, Iacomus, of the Latin form Iacobus. Cognates: Italian: Giacobbe. German, Scandinavian: Jakob. French: JACQUES. Polish, Czech: Jakub. Russian: Yakov. Finnish: Jaako. Hebrew: Yakov. See also at JAMES. It is derived from the Hebrew yaaciov or akoh, meaning `supplanter or following after; replacement; initiative; intelligent'. Jacob supplanted his brother Esau by tricking him out of his inheritance and his father's blessing (Gen 25-27). The rivalry began in their mother's (Rebecca's) womb when Esau was born. His twin brother Jacob followed shortly after while holding onto his brother's heel (Gen 25:25-26). Jacob eventually wrestled with the angel of the Lord and received a new name, Israel, meaning 'Prince of God; champion of God; he who wrestles with the Lord' (Gen 32:24-32). It became popular with the Jews after their captivity in Babylon in the form of Aqob, which later became Jakobos. Two of the apostles were bearers of the name. The English version is James, which became a name in its own right. It became Jakobus in the Dutch and Afrikaans communities. There are two main forms in Spain, that of lago and Jaime. The French form is Jaques or Jake. The Welsh forms are lago and Jago. Jake is the short form but Jack, also a short form, is now a name on its own. Dutch: Jaap, Cobus, Coos. Polish: Kuba. Yiddish: Koppel. Variants and diminutives: Aqob; Cobie; Cobus; Coby; Coos; Diego; Giacomo; Hamesh; Hamish; Iago; tame; Ianto; Jaap; Jack; Jackin; Jackobus; Jaco; Jacobo (Spanish); Jacobus; Jacomus; Jacopo; Jacques; Jago; Jaikie; Jaime; Jake; Jakin; Jako; Jakob; Jakobos; Jakobus; James; Jamettus; Jamie; Jamys; Jan; Jankin; Japie; Jaques; Jasha (Russian); Jan; Jim; Jimmie; Jimmy; Jock; Kobie; Kobus; Koos; Koot; Kootjie; Kosie; Kotie; Seamus; Shamus; Xacob; Xake; Yacov; Yagov; Yakob; Yakub; Yankel; Zuan. Famous people: Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius (5798-1853), Boer (Afrikaner) leader and general. The city of Pretoria is named after him. .

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Masculine proper name, name of Old Testament patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca and father of the founders of the twelve tribes, from Late Latin Iacobus, from Greek Iakobos, from Hebrew Ya'aqobh, literally "one that takes by the heel" (Gen. xxviii:12), a derivative of 'aqebh "heel." The most popular name for boys born in the U.S. from 1999 through 2008. Jacob's ladder, in various transferred uses from 1733, is from Gen. xxviii:12.


noun : Jacob, Francois Jacob (French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920))

noun : Jacob ((Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God'))


For U.S. births in 2015, the number of births with name Jacob is 15816, representing about 0.893900 percent of all male births in 2015. See interactive baby names map for Jacob name popularity by states.

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Notable People

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  • Jacob Bernoulli, 1654, MATHEMATICIAN
  • Jacob Burckhardt, 1818, HISTORIAN
  • Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, 1852, CHEMIST
  • Jacob Grimm, 1785, WRITER
  • Jacob Jordaens, 1593, PAINTER
  • Jacobus Arminius, 1560, PHILOSOPHER
  • Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruysdael, 1628, PAINTER
  • Jacob Zuma, 1942, POLITICIAN
  • Jacobo Arbenz Guzm├ín, 1913, POLITICIAN
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