Name Jacob Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Jacob


Jacob is a ♂ boy’s name.

What is the origin of the name Jacob?

Jacob is a name of Hebrew origin and derived from Ya’aqov (יַעֲקֹב).

What does the name Jacob mean?

Jacob originally means “may God protect”. Besides, Jacob means “holder of the heel” (from Hebrew “‘akév/עָקֵב” = heel) or “supplanter” (from Hebrew “‘akáv/עָקַב” = to follow/to supplant), because he was born grasping the heel of his first born twin brother Esau and he bought his birthright to supplant him.

Pronunciation of Jacob

Variants of the name Jacob

Iakob Jackob Jakob Yakob

Popularity of the name Jacob

The name Jacob is ranked #159 overall. It is very popular with parents-to-be and is often chosen as a baby name.

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