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International Variations of Jacob

Jacob has been the Number 1 boy baby name in the US for so long now you might want to think about using one of its international variations.

JacobHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Jacob comes from the Latin name Iacobus, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov. 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.

HamishHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of James
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Just as Seamus/Seumus is Irish for James, Hamish is the Scottish form — one that's not often used here, but still redolent of Olde Scotland. If you're ready to go further than Duncan and Malcolm, out to Laird and Ewan territory, this may be worth consideration. It also sounds just like the Yiddish word for homey.

DiegoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of James
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    The energetic Diego is rising rapidly along with a lot of other authentically Spanish baby names that work perfectly well with surnames of any origin.

JagoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Cornish variation of Jacob
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Jago is a dashing alternative to overused favorite Jacob.

GiacomoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of James
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Giacomo is a primo member of the Giovanni-Gino-Giancarlo-Giacomo gruppo of Italian names that are beginning to be adopted by American parents. Singer/creative baby namer Sting chose it for his son.

JacquesHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of James and Jacob
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Classic French name that becomes pretentious when used for an American baby.

JaimeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of James
  • Description:

    A Hispanic classic that has lost some momentum in recent years. It could be misunderstood by some as Jamie -- which is how it's pronounced on Game of Thrones.

KubaHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Jakub
  • Description:

    Kuba is the attractive short form of Jakub, the spelling of Jacob commonly used in Poland. Much more distinctive than Jake!

JakobHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Jacob
  • Description:

    After cracking the Top 200 in the early 2000s, fueled by Jacob's rise, this name has been losing steam in recent years.

JakubHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish variation of Jacob
  • Description:

    Jakub is an authentic Polish variation of the megapopular Jacob, but in the US it will feel like a kree8tiv spelling. Kuba is the cute Polish short form.

JakubHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish variation of Jacob
  • Description:

    Jakub is an authentic Polish variation of the megapopular Jacob, but in the US it will feel like a kree8tiv spelling. Kuba is the cute Polish short form.

JacoHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese variation of Jacob
  • Description:

    Intriguing twist on Jacob, but may be too strongly associated with Michael Jackson.

JacopoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Jacob, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    One of Jacob’s perkier variations.

KuboHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Description:

    The lead character of the Oscar-nominated 2016 film "Kubo and the Two Strings" lives in Edo-period Japan, but his name is more often heard as a surname in Japan. Still, fans of the animated movie may want to consider it.

YakovHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Jacob
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

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

JacoboHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Jacob
  • Description:

    Charming way to freshen up Jacob.

JakovHeart

  • Origin:

    Serbian, Croatian variation of Jacob, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    A top name in Eastern European countries including Croatia and Bosnia, where it is a transcription of Jacob.

JaapHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Jacob and James
  • Description:

    Jaap is a common if not exactly fashionable first name for boys' in The Netherlands. For more on Dutch names and their pronunciation, check out this specialty website: http://www.heardutchhere.net/names.html

IakopaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Hawaiian form of Jacob
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