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Jacob

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908k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jacob

"Jacob" is a name 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)
Wiktionary

From Late Latin Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iákōbos), from Hebrew יעקב (ya'aqóbh; Modern: Yaakov, “Jacob”, literally “heel-grabber”), from עקב (‘aqev, “heel of the foot”). Cognate with James.

  1. One of the sons of Isaac and Rebecca, and twin brother of Esau; father of the Israelites.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A breed of multihorned sheep.

Jacob was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jacob

Jake Gyllenhaal is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Jake was given the name Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal by his parents Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal on December 19th, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Jack Ruby was a nightclub operator, nightclub, and nightcluboperator. Jack was given the name Jacob Leon Rubenstein on March 25th, 1911. He left this life on January 3rd, 1967.

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George Gershwin was a composer, pianist, and musical composer. He holds the title Swanee. He has had major accomplishments since 1916. George was given the name Jacob Gershwine on September 26th, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He passed away on July 11th, 1937.

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Jacob Tremblay is an actor. He was most active from 2013 to present. Jacob was born on October 5th, 2006 in Vancouver.

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Jacob Zuma is a President of the African National Congress, 4th President of South Africa, President of theAfrican National Congress, and Deputy President of South Africa. Jacob was born on April 12th, 1942 in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Rodney Dangerfield was a stand-up comedian and actor. He was most prominent from 1940 to 1949. Rodney was given the name Jacob Rodney Cohen on November 22nd, 1921 in Deer Park, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 5th, 2004.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jacob

Irène Jacob is an actress. She has been prominent since 1987. Irène was given the name Irène Marie Jacob on July 15th, 1966 in Suresnes, France.

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Piers Anthony is a science fiction and fantasy novelist and short story. His ongoing career started in 1967. Piers was given the name Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob on August 6th, 1934 in Oxford, England, UK.

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Jacob is a protector of the island and mythology of lost.

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J. F. R. Jacob is a list of governors of goa and list of governors of punjab (india). His military service ended in 1978.

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Simone Veil is a President of the European Parliament. Her career lasted from 1974 to 1979. Simone was given the name Simone Annie Liline Jacob on July 13th, 1927 in Nice, France.

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Max Jacob was a writer. Max was born on July 12th, 1876 in Quimper, Finistère, Brittany. He passed away on March 5th, 1944.

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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 1,203 5 1,198
1919 1,082 0 1,082
1920 1,055 5 1,050
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 573 0 573
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 417 0 417
1946 456 0 456
1947 522 0 522
1948 550 0 550
1949 490 0 490
1950 465 0 465
1951 501 0 501
1952 561 0 561
1953 594 0 594
1954 561 0 561
1955 581 5 576
1956 536 0 536
1957 541 0 541
1958 508 0 508
1959 557 0 557
1960 490 0 490
1961 509 0 509
1962 475 0 475
1963 490 0 490
1964 531 5 526
1965 488 0 488
1966 457 0 457
1967 452 0 452
1968 553 0 553
1969 656 0 656
1970 918 0 918
1971 1,060 5 1,055
1972 1,691 6 1,685
1973 2,142 11 2,131
1974 2,979 21 2,958 #88 boy name
1975 3,650 24 3,626 #75 boy name
1976 4,537 22 4,515 #63 boy name
1977 5,831 35 5,796 #56 boy name
1978 6,202 41 6,161 #50 boy name
1979 7,589 41 7,548 #45 boy name
1980 8,579 52 8,527 #43 boy name
1981 9,407 60 9,347 #43 boy name
1982 10,125 70 10,055 #41 boy name
1983 11,066 66 11,000 #36 boy name
1984 11,397 49 11,348 #37 boy name
1985 12,346 77 12,269 #35 boy name
1986 13,724 78 13,646 #32 boy name
1987 14,408 90 14,318 #31 boy name
1988 15,946 78 15,868 #28 boy name
1989 17,904 74 17,830 #26 boy name
1990 22,067 59 22,008 #20 boy name
1991 25,250 61 25,189 #17 boy name
1992 25,711 52 25,659 #15 boy name
1993 27,547 67 27,480 #9 boy name
1994 29,462 50 29,412 #7 boy name
1995 31,192 66 31,126 #4 boy name
1996 31,974 53 31,921 #3 boy name
1997 34,208 61 34,147 #2 boy name
1998 36,070 60 36,010 #2 boy name
1999 35,415 63 35,352 #1 boy name
2000 34,529 59 34,470 #1 boy name
2001 32,574 38 32,536 #1 boy name
2002 30,604 41 30,563 #1 boy name
2003 29,673 47 29,626 #1 boy name
2004 28,047 171 27,876 #1 boy name
2005 25,866 40 25,826 #1 boy name
2006 24,872 37 24,835 #1 boy name
2007 24,299 34 24,265 #1 boy name
2008 22,616 29 22,587 #1 boy name
2009 21,189 27 21,162 #1 boy name
2010 22,139 29 22,110 #1 boy name
2011 20,379 23 20,356 #1 boy name
2012 19,087 26 19,061 #1 boy name
2013 18,156 23 18,133 #2 boy name
2014 16,855 13 16,842 #4 boy name
2015 15,936 22 15,914 #4 boy name
2016 14,430 14 14,416 #7 boy name

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Popularity of Jacob as a first name

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Popularity of Jacob as a last name

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Common last names for Jacob

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

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jacob U.S.
  White 59.98% 64.26%
  African American 10.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 22.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.97% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jacob

People with the last name Jacob are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Jacob

  • How Popular is the name Jacob? Jacob is the 48th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Jacob was the 7th most popular name. As a last name Jacob was the 1,444th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jacob have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 908,360 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 36,010 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jacob!
  • Random Jacob Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jacob ranks 8th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, 442 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 2015.
  • 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 Ocbja. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jacob? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,688 people with the last name Jacob.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jacob? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Jacob as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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