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Jacob

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3k Jacobo (Spanish)
1k Jacobe (Hebrew)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 404 0 404 #39 boy name
1881 381 0 381 #39 boy name
1882 390 0 390 #47 boy name
1883 356 0 356 #49 boy name
1884 381 0 381 #50 boy name
1885 343 0 343 #52 boy name
1886 346 0 346 #54 boy name
1887 317 0 317 #56 boy name
1888 353 0 353 #58 boy name
1889 295 0 295 #67 boy name
1890 290 0 290 #66 boy name
1891 238 0 238 #69 boy name
1892 283 0 283 #73 boy name
1893 292 0 292 #65 boy name
1894 292 0 292 #68 boy name
1895 266 0 266 #74 boy name
1896 241 0 241 #83 boy name
1897 204 0 204 #88 boy name
1898 256 0 256 #81 boy name
1899 189 0 189 #92 boy name
1900 233 0 233
1901 172 0 172 #98 boy name
1902 207 0 207 #96 boy name
1903 189 0 189
1904 243 0 243 #89 boy name
1905 220 0 220 #98 boy name
1906 187 0 187
1907 243 0 243
1908 235 0 235
1909 262 0 262
1910 273 0 273
1911 328 5 323
1912 691 0 691
1913 744 0 744
1914 997 0 997
1915 1,122 0 1,122
1916 1,132 0 1,132
1917 1,127 5 1,122
1918 1,204 5 1,199
1919 1,082 0 1,082
1920 1,054 5 1,049
1921 1,099 5 1,094
1922 1,027 0 1,027
1923 975 0 975
1924 975 5 970
1925 901 0 901
1926 810 0 810
1927 855 0 855
1928 717 0 717
1929 652 5 647
1930 629 7 622
1931 572 0 572
1932 562 5 557
1933 538 0 538
1934 546 0 546
1935 476 0 476
1936 501 0 501
1937 541 5 536
1938 487 0 487
1939 427 0 427
1940 514 0 514
1941 466 0 466
1942 524 0 524
1943 476 0 476
1944 438 0 438
1945 416 0 416
1946 457 0 457
1947 521 0 521
1948 550 0 550
1949 490 0 490
1950 466 0 466
1951 501 0 501
1952 562 0 562
1953 595 0 595
1954 561 0 561
1955 580 5 575
1956 536 0 536
1957 541 0 541
1958 508 0 508
1959 558 0 558
1960 490 0 490
1961 510 0 510
1962 475 0 475
1963 490 0 490
1964 531 5 526
1965 488 0 488
1966 456 0 456
1967 453 0 453
1968 553 0 553
1969 658 0 658
1970 918 0 918
1971 1,061 5 1,056
1972 1,690 6 1,684
1973 2,142 11 2,131
1974 2,978 21 2,957 #88 boy name
1975 3,651 24 3,627 #75 boy name
1976 4,538 22 4,516 #63 boy name
1977 5,833 35 5,798 #56 boy name
1978 6,203 41 6,162 #50 boy name
1979 7,588 41 7,547 #45 boy name
1980 8,578 52 8,526 #43 boy name
1981 9,405 60 9,345 #43 boy name
1982 10,124 70 10,054 #41 boy name
1983 11,063 66 10,997 #36 boy name
1984 11,392 49 11,343 #37 boy name
1985 12,346 77 12,269 #35 boy name
1986 13,720 78 13,642 #32 boy name
1987 14,403 90 14,313 #31 boy name
1988 15,946 78 15,868 #28 boy name
1989 17,903 74 17,829 #26 boy name
1990 22,064 59 22,005 #20 boy name
1991 25,250 61 25,189 #17 boy name
1992 25,711 52 25,659 #15 boy name
1993 27,544 67 27,477 #9 boy name
1994 29,459 50 29,409 #7 boy name
1995 31,190 66 31,124 #4 boy name
1996 31,971 53 31,918 #3 boy name
1997 34,206 61 34,145 #2 boy name
1998 36,067 60 36,007 #2 boy name
1999 35,409 63 35,346 #1 boy name
2000 34,526 59 34,467 #1 boy name
2001 32,569 38 32,531 #1 boy name
2002 30,599 41 30,558 #1 boy name
2003 29,667 47 29,620 #1 boy name
2004 28,044 171 27,873 #1 boy name
2005 25,862 40 25,822 #1 boy name
2006 24,869 37 24,832 #1 boy name
2007 24,293 34 24,259 #1 boy name
2008 22,603 29 22,574 #1 boy name
2009 21,181 27 21,154 #1 boy name
2010 22,123 28 22,095 #1 boy name
2011 20,372 23 20,349 #1 boy name
2012 19,071 26 19,045 #1 boy name
2013 18,132 22 18,110 #3 boy name
2014 16,825 13 16,812 #4 boy name
2015 15,838 22 15,816 #4 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Jacob

  • How many people with the first name Jacob have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 893,643 babies born with the first name Jacob in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jacob to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jacob? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 404 new born babies.
  • When was Jacob first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jacob is Wednesday, March 13th, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Jacob born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jacob was in 1998 with a total of 36,007 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jacob!
  • Random Jacob Factoid: According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jacob ranks 1st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 1,883 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2000.
  • Weird things about the name Jacob: Your name in reverse order is Bocaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jcabo. How do you pronounce that?
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Popularity of Jacob as a first name

Popularity of Jacob as a last name

Common last names for Jacob

  • Miller
  • Cohen
  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Schwartz
  • Williams
  • Schneider
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Goldberg
  • Schmidt
  • Klein
  • Friedman
  • Levine
  • Hoffman
  • Wagner
  • Young
  • Katz

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Jacob" mean? The list below shows the origins of Jacob as well as things modernly associated with the name Jacob such as celebrities named Jacob.

Origin and Meaning of Jacob

The name "Jacob" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Supplanter". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ja"cob
A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven (Gen. xxviii. 12); -- also called Israel.

Etymology: Cf. F. Jacob. See 2d Jack

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (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')
  2. French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920)

Jake Gyllenhaal

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

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Rodney Dangerfield

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

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George Gershwin

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

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John Forsythe

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

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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).

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John Garfield

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

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Other Inspirations for the Name Jacob

Jacob Degrom
Jacob Pechenik
Jacob Roloff
Jacob Whitesides
Jacob Rothschild
Jacob The Jeweler
Jacob Wetterling
Jacob Anderson
Jacob Barnett
Jacob Lawrence

Alternative Meanings

J is for joyful, the spirit you spread.

A is for acts, the daily acts of kindness shown to others

C is for change, you are able to adapt.

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

B is for bounce, your ability to renew.

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Past life for Jacob born Aug 7, 1998

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Korea approximately on 1500. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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