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

The name Yakov is a boy's name of Russian origin meaning "supplanter". Yakov and is often added to lists like International Variations of Jacob and discussed in our forums with posts like "The Makeover Baby Name Game".

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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 Feltsman, character in the anime "Yuri!!! On Ice"
Yakov Guro, character in "Gogol"

Yakov's International Variations

Yasha (Russian)