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Gender: Male Meaning of Jacob: "supplanter" Origin of Jacob: Hebrew Jacob's Popularity in 2017: #10

The name Jacob is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter". Jacob is ranked #10 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell or Purgatory- Boys".

From the experts:

Biblical Jacob ceded his Number 1 spot to biblical Noah, in 2013, after holding first place on the list of baby boy names from 1999 to 2012, having been given a huge boost by the Twilight phenomenon. Jacob is still the most popular of the boy names starting with J

Jacob has widespread appeal to a range of parents, with an image of honesty and warmth. Another plus is the 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. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and the twin brother of Esau, as well as the husband of both Leah and Rachel. The 12 tribes of Israel evolved from his 12 sons.

Jacoby is a rapidly rising variation. Jakob, meanwhile, is an alternate spelling used by the Dutch, Scandinavians and Germans. Some interesting international versions include the Scottish Hamish, the Cornish Jago and the Dutch Jaap.

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Famous People Named Jacob

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of South Africa
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, German philologist, jurist, and mythologist.
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal, American actor.
Jacob Edward "Jake" Peavy, American baseball pitcher.
Jacob Anthony deGrom, American baseball pitcher.
Jacob Mark "Jake" Pitts, American guitarist.
Jacob Vargas, Mexican-American actor.
Jacob Dolson Cox, American politician; 28th Governor of Ohio.
Jacob Artist, American actor and singer.
Jacob Daniel Handy, American actor.
Jacob Tremblay, Canadian actor.
Jacob Seth Lofland, American actor.
Jacob Hubner, German entomologist.
Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael, Dutch landscape painter.
Jacob Whitesides, American singer
Jacob Tyler "J.T." Realmuto, American baseball player.
Jacob Loucks Devers, U.S. Army general
Jacob Warner, birth name of Jack Leonard "J. L." Warner, Canadian-American film executive
Jacob August Riis, Danish-American journalist and activist
Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician
Jacob Pavlovich Adler (born Yankev P. Adler), Ukrainian-American Yiddish actor
Jacob Edward "Jake" Hoffman, American actor
Jacob "Jake" Dalton, American artistic gymnast
(Rolf) Jacob Sartorius, American pop singer
Jacob Batalon, Filipino-American actor
Jacob Emerson "Jake" Fishman (b. 2008), son of actress Courtney Thorne-Smith

Pop Culture References for the name Jacob

Jacob Marley, character from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
Jacob Black, werewolf character in the "Twilight" series
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 "Jake" Pentecost, character in "Pacific Rim"
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
Jacob "Jake" Barnes, character in Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises"
Jacob, a character in "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan
Jacob Kowalski, character in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling
Jacob Palmer, character in film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"