Jakob is a ♂ boy’s name.
Jakob is a variant of the name Jacob, e.g. in Germany or Scandinavia. It is a name of Hebrew origin and occurs in the bible. It derived from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov (יַעֲקֹב). In the Old Testament, Jakob is the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the twin brother of Esau and the father of the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jakob originally means “may God protect” (from Semitic “Ja’akow’el”). Besides, Jakob 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.
In languages derived from Germanic, Nordic or Slavic, Jakob is usually spelled with the letter “k”. However, in English and Romanic languages, Jacob with a “c” is more prevalent.
There are many other versions of the Name Jakob around the world. Examples are Jake and James in English, Jacques in French, Giacomo in Italian, Jacobo and Diego in Spanish, Tiago in Portuguese, Jaakko in Finnish, Jaagup in Estonian, Jakub and Jakov in Slavic, Kimo in Hawaiian, or the Latinized forms James and Jacobus.
The female variants of Jakob are Jakoba, Jakobine or Jacqueline. Jacqueline derived from the French version of Jakob, namely Jacques. When it comes to picking nicknames one has to distinguish between nicknames picked by adults and nicknames picked by teenagers. Amongst adults nicknames such as Jack, Jake, Coby and Bob are popular. Whereas among teenagers the names J.B, Jack-B, Jackson, Jakko, Jax, JayB, Joko and Kobbe are more common.
The name Jakob is ranked #136 overall. It is very popular with parents-to-be and is often chosen as a baby name.
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Last updated: 5/20/2022
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