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What does the name "Jacob" mean?

Jacob (Hebrew): Supplanter

The name "Jacob" is of Hebrew origin and it means "Supplanter". It's a name commonly given to boys. There are 5 other names that are similar to this one.

J is for joy, that you always bring.

A is for altruism, the unselfish you.

C is for comic, laughter is your tonic.

O is for outlook, pleasing to all.

B is for bestow, as you give so much.

Your name in reverse order is "Bocaj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Bcajo". How do you pronounce that?

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How popular is the name "Jacob" in the U.S.?


Want to know about the populiarty of Jacob? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 877,522 babies born with the name Jacob in the United States. That's more than enough Jacobs to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 404 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Jacob" was in 1998 with a total of 36,001 babies. (That's a lot of baby Jacobs)

According to the 1973 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Jacob" ranks #84 in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 11 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1973. Across the entire United States a total of 2,142 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

Where is the name Jacob popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Jacob in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the midwest? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Jacob

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1991 to present. Jake was born in 1980 as Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal in Los Angeles, California, United States.


Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield is a comedian with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1940 to 2004. Rodney was born in 1921 as Jacob Rodney Cohen in Deer Park, New York, U.S.


George Gershwin

George Gershwin is a musical composer and pianist with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1916 to 1937. George was born in 1898 as Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.


John Forsythe

John Forsythe is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1 to present. John was born in 1918 as Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey, U.S.


Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro is an artist. Camille was born in 1830 as Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands).


John Garfield

John Garfield is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1932 to 1951. John was born in 1913 as Jacob Julius Garfinkle in New York City, New York, U.S.


Past life for Jacob born Jul 12, 1951

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Germany approximately on 1600. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

Here's something for you to ponder on...

The Theory Behind The Name Game - Finding a good baby name is one of the dilemmas that plague parents who live in a modern setting. Parents do have the right to be conscious about the name.