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The name Jacob has the following meaning:

He who supplants.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Jacob is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 1 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In both Years 2008 and 2009, the name Jacob remained at the same ranking of 1.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Jacob in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Jacob is pronounced as jay-kub


Jacob originates from the Hebrew language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Jacob and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Jacob: Boys - Enos, Isaac, Uriel, Girls - Carmel, Elta, Mozelle, Rebecca, Zella, Both genders - Anna, Ariel, Betty, Dagan, Dagen, Dalit



Common nicknames for the name Jacob are: Jake, Jay, Jaco, Cub


We think the name Jacob should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Jacob to be: Creative, intelligent and unconventional chap

In one word, you might describe Jacob as a(n) "creative" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Jacob (or its variants) are:

Jacob Grimm, born on 4 January, a famous author. Jacob Grimm's background: German philologist, jurist and mythologist, was born at Hanau, in Hesse-Kassel. He is best known as the author of the monumental German Dictionary, his Deutsche Mythologie and more popularly, as one of the Brothers Grimm, as the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Jacob Javits, born on 18 May, a famous politician. Jacob Javits's background: An American politician who served as United States Senator from New York from 1957 to 1981.

Jacob Bronowski, born on 18 January, a famous scientist. Jacob Bronowski's background: A British mathematician of Polish-Jewish origin, best remembered as the presenter and writer of the BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man.
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