Jacob - boys name

Jacob name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 100%

Jacob name meaning:

The name Jacob is of Hebrew origin and has several meanings. One of the most common interpretations is "supplanter" or "one who follows," which refers to the biblical story of Jacob, who supplanted his older twin brother Esau by tricking their father into giving him the birthright. This meaning suggests a sense of ambition, determination, and resourcefulness.

In addition, Jacob can also mean "heel grabber" or "holder of the heel." This meaning is derived from the biblical story of Jacob and Esau, where Jacob was born holding onto Esau's heel. This interpretation implies a sense of persistence, tenacity, and a willingness to overcome obstacles.

Overall, the name Jacob carries a sense of strength, resilience, and strategic thinking. It is often associated with individuals who are driven to succeed, willing to work hard, and have a strong sense of purpose. Jacob is a timeless and popular name that has been used for centuries, and its rich biblical history adds depth and significance to its meaning.

Origin: Hebrew

Held by the heel.


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Related names

Jacob , Anschel, Anshel, Anshil, Ashu, Hamish , Jacobina, Jacquelin, Jacquelyn, Jacquetta.-Jacquet, Jake , Jakob , Jamesina, Jameson , Jamieson, Jayme , Jaymes, Jeb, Jem , Jemmy, Jimmie , Jock, Rachael , Yacoub , Jago

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Overall UK ranking: 17 out of 4789

2319 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Wales (14)
  • England (17)
  • Scotland (24)

Historical popularity of Jacob

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