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Gender: M Meaning of Jacob: "supplanter" Origin of Jacob: Hebrew Jacob's Popularity in 2013: #3

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Biblical Jacob has finally ceded his Number 1 spot to biblical Noah, after holding first place from 1999 to 2012, having been given a huge boost by the Twilight phenomenon. Jacob has widespread appeal to a range of parents, with an image of honesty and warmth. Another plus is friendly nickname Jake - also given on its own to thousands of boys every year-- which shares the cool appeal of equally stylish cousins Max and Sam.

The downside is that Jacob is at this point way overused. In the Old Testament, Jacob was one of the most important patriarchs of the tribes of Israel, the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and the twin brother of Esau and husband of both Leah and Rachel, the twelve tribes of Israel evolving from his twelve sons.

JACOBY is a rapidly rising variation, JAKOB is an alternate spelling used by the Dutch, Scandinavians and Germans, and some interesting international versions include the Scottish Hamish, the Cornish Jago, and the Dutch Jaap. Jacob is currently Number 1 in Wales, and 5 in England.

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Famous People Named Jacob

Jacob, Biblical patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca
Saint Jacob aka James, son of Zebedee, Biblical apostle
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, president of South Africa
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, German philologist and fairy tale compiler
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal, American actor
Jacob Edward "Jake" Peavy, American baseball pitcher
Jacob Vargas, Mexican-American actor
Jacob Artist, American actor and singer
Joshua Jacob "JJ" Solomon, second son of octomom Nadya Suleman
Jacob Daniel Handy, American actor; twin brother Zachary Handy
Jacob Seth Lofland, American actor
Jacob Hübner, German entomologist
Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael, Dutch landscape painter
Jacob Warner, birth name of Jack Leonard "J. L." Warner, Canadian-American film executive
Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician
Jacob Pavlovich Adler (born Yankev P. Adler), Ukrainian-American Yiddish actor
Jacob Emerson "Jake" Fishman, son of actress Courtney Thorne-Smith
Jacob Edward "Jake" Hoffman, American actor and son of actor Dustin Hoffman

Pop Culture References for the Name Jacob

Jacob Black, werewolf character in the "Twilight" series
Jacob Marley, character from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
Jacob, character from TV's "Lost"
Jacob David "Jake" Harper, character on TV's "Two and a Half Men"
Jacob Jankowski, main character in book/movie "Water for Elephants"
Jacob Portman, main character in the "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series by Ransom Riggs
Jacob Carter, character on TV's "Stargate: SG-1"
Jacob Gallagher, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Jacob "Jake" Moon, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Jacob "Jake" Sisko, character on TV's "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
Jacob Daniel Johnson, character in the Nightmare on Elm Street series
Jacobitism, 18th century political movement to restore the Roman Catholic Stuart King James II of England to the throne

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