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Gender: M Meaning of Jacob: "supplanter" Origin of Jacob: Hebrew Jacob's Popularity in 2012: #1

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Jacob has been the Number 1 boys' name for more than a decade now--given a huge boost by the Twilight phenomenon--but which is still a surprise to most people. While classics like Michael and John feel more popular in the general imagination, Jacob has widespread appeal to a range of parents. Jacob's image is one of honesty and warmth, and its friendly nickname Jake - also given on its own to thousands of boys every year-- 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.

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Famous People Named Jacob

Jacob, important Biblical figure and son of Isaac and Rebecca in the Old Testament
Jacob "Jake" Gyllenhaal, American actor
Jacob Vargas, 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 Emerson "Jake" Fishman, son of actress Courtney Thorne-Smith
Jacob Seth Lofland, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Jacob

Jacob Black, werewolf character in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" saga
Jacob, a character from "Lost"
Jakob, main character from novel and movie "Water for Elephants"
Jacob Marley, character from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
Jacob Portman, main character in Ransom Riggs' novel "Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children"

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