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Gender: M Meaning of Yakov: "supplanter" Origin of Yakov: Russian variation of Jacob

What a difference a couple of letters make: Old World version of most popular name never quite made it out of the shtetl.

Famous People Named Yakov

Yakov Smirnoff, Russian-American comedian
Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Belarusian physicist
Yakov Alexandrovich Protazanov, Russian film director

Pop Culture References for the name Yakov

Yakov Richards, policeman main character in Ekaterina Sedia's novel "The Secret History of Moscow"
Yakov Korolenko, character from TV series Night Court

Yakov's International Variations

Yasha (Russian)