Jacob Name Meaning

A long-time ruler of the U.S. Top Ten in the 2000s, Jacob has ancient roots with strong biblical ties. Hebrew for “supplanter,” Jacob is also related to the classic James.

Jacob offers a warmth and kindness not often found in boy names where strength and bravado are often cherished. Parents love his boy next door nickname of Jake, a friendly moniker similar to yesterday’s Jim and Johnny. They also love that he’s a J name, a perennial favorite among boy names as seen in Jason, Jackson, and Joshua.

Jacob’s popularity can also be tied to the rise of other biblical names as seen in Noah, Elijah, and Samuel. From the Hebrew name Ya’aqov, Jacob appears in the biblical Book of Genesis, the twin brother of Esau and the father of twelve sons who went on to start the Tribes of Israel. He was said to be a bit of a ornery one, born holding Esau’s heel as if trying to hold him back from being the firstborn son. This legend has lead to some referring to the name as meaning “holder of the heel.”

Variants of the name include Jacoby and Coby as well as the alternative spelling Jakob. Female variants include Jacqueline, Jaclyn, and Jackie. Names with a similar vibe include Caleb, Thomas, and Matthew.

Infographic of Jacob name meaning, which is A name of humble Hebrew origins, Jacob means a supplanter.
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Jacob Name Popularity

How popular is the name Jacob? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Jacob was the 13th most popular boys name, representing 0.8567% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Jacob has been the 31st most popular boys name, representing 0.616% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 120 225 0.0639%
1911 120 270 0.0725%
1912 110 655 0.1299%
1913 116 718 0.1266%
1914 112 970 0.1392%
1915 119 1,110 0.1222%
1916 123 1,112 0.1151%
1917 130 1,094 0.1094%
1918 132 1,173 0.1093%
1919 138 1,055 0.1008%
1920 143 1,026 0.0923%
1921 144 1,068 0.0933%
1922 148 1,003 0.09%
1923 158 953 0.0851%
1924 163 953 0.0821%
1925 165 873 0.0772%
1926 178 783 0.0712%
1927 173 827 0.0747%
1928 196 692 0.0647%
1929 206 612 0.0591%
1930 211 587 0.0562%
1931 220 532 0.0539%
1932 218 527 0.0533%
1933 216 501 0.0538%
1934 218 520 0.0538%
1935 245 437 0.045%
1936 225 479 0.0497%
1937 219 516 0.0524%
1938 240 452 0.0442%
1939 265 378 0.0372%
1940 233 490 0.0461%
1941 269 415 0.0369%
1942 248 502 0.0398%
1943 282 438 0.0336%
1944 286 393 0.0317%
1945 296 377 0.0309%
1946 305 416 0.0282%
1947 299 488 0.0292%
1948 292 510 0.0319%
1949 310 449 0.0279%
1950 322 407 0.0253%
1951 311 460 0.0271%
1952 298 524 0.03%
1953 287 563 0.0318%
1954 306 515 0.0282%
1955 307 532 0.0289%
1956 322 494 0.0262%
1957 332 501 0.026%
1958 340 477 0.0252%
1959 331 517 0.0272%
1960 349 457 0.0241%
1961 353 460 0.0244%
1962 375 420 0.0229%
1963 352 448 0.025%
1964 339 503 0.0286%
1965 348 442 0.027%
1966 357 408 0.0261%
1967 351 410 0.027%
1968 324 512 0.0341%
1969 297 618 0.0401%
1970 251 894 0.0562%
1971 219 1,036 0.0689%
1972 153 1,675 0.123%
1973 122 2,118 0.1634%
1974 87 2,959 0.2277%
1975 75 3,626 0.2822%
1976 63 4,512 0.3501%
1977 56 5,795 0.4299%
1978 50 6,159 0.4581%
1979 45 7,546 0.5352%
1980 43 8,525 0.5831%
1981 43 9,352 0.6362%
1982 41 10,060 0.6732%
1983 36 11,001 0.7455%
1984 37 11,349 0.7629%
1985 35 12,272 0.8085%
1986 31 13,649 0.9042%
1987 31 14,318 0.9383%
1988 28 15,872 1.0185%
1989 26 17,830 1.1049%
1990 20 22,010 1.3279%
1991 17 25,190 1.5454%
1992 15 25,661 1.6077%
1993 9 27,482 1.7628%
1994 7 29,413 1.9166%
1995 4 31,129 2.0655%
1996 3 31,923 2.132%
1997 2 34,151 2.309%
1998 2 36,014 2.4062%
1999 1 35,361 2.3613%
2000 1 34,471 2.2565%
2001 1 32,541 2.1597%
2002 1 30,568 2.0398%
2003 1 29,630 1.9476%
2004 1 27,879 1.8292%
2005 1 25,830 1.6894%
2006 1 24,841 1.5865%
2007 1 24,273 1.5384%
2008 1 22,591 1.4617%
2009 1 21,169 1.4163%
2010 1 22,117 1.5348%
2011 1 20,365 1.4294%
2012 1 19,069 1.3382%
2013 2 18,148 1.2747%
2014 4 16,869 1.1578%
2015 4 15,938 1.0954%
2016 7 14,479 1.0042%
2017 10 13,106 0.9391%
2018 13 11,770 0.8567%

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Names Like Jacob

If you like Jacob, you’ll love these other names like Jacob.


What names are diminutives of Jacob?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Jacob sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Jacob, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cob

He who supplants

Hebrew

Cobb

English

Cobby

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jaap

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jack

God is gracious

English

#28 (0.643%)  
Jackie

Son of Jack; he who supplants; God is gracious

Hebrew

#1,677 (0.0024%)  
Jacko

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jacky

Son of Jack; he who supplants; God is gracious

Hebrew

#2,260 (0.0008%)  
Jaco

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jaime

A Spanish form of James and Jacob.

Spanish

#503 (0.0368%)  
Jake

Supplanter

English

#261 (0.0978%)  
Jamey

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jamie

He who supplants

Hebrew

#683 (0.0212%)  
Jamsey

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jay

To heal

English

#392 (0.0553%)  
Jayme

He who supplants

Spanish

Jim

A diminutive form of James.

Hebrew

#2,390 (0.0007%)  
Jimmie

He who supplants

Hebrew

#2,146 (0.001%)  
Jock

Hebrew

Kobi

Hungarian

#2,057 (0.0012%)  

What names are variants of Jacob?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Jacob.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Giacamo

He who supplants

Hebrew

Giacobbe

He who supplants

Hebrew

Giacobo

He who supplants

Hebrew

Giacomo

An Italian form of Jacob and James.

Italian

#2,311 (0.0008%)  
Giacopo

He who supplants

Hebrew

Hamish

Scottish

Iacopo

He who supplants

Hebrew

Iacovo

He who supplants

Hebrew

Iago

A Spanish form of Jacob and James.

Welsh

Iakob

He who supplants

Hebrew

Iakobos

He who supplants

Hebrew

Iakov

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jacobi

He who supplants

Hebrew

#1,276 (0.0053%)  
Jacobo

He who supplants

Hebrew

#1,475 (0.0035%)  
Jacobus

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jacoby

He who supplants

Hebrew

#813 (0.0151%)  
Jacopo

Italian

Jacques

A French form of James and Jacob.

French

#1,599 (0.0027%)  
Jacquet

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jago

A Spanish form of James and Jacob.

English

Jakeb

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jakie

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jakob

He who supplants

Hebrew

#666 (0.0222%)  
Jakov

He who supplants

Hebrew

Jakub

He who supplants

Hebrew

#1,654 (0.0025%)  
James

Supplanter

English

#4 (0.9844%)  
Jamesie

He who supplants

Hebrew

Seamus

Irish

#1,016 (0.0095%)  
Shamus

A variant form of James.

Irish

Yaacob

He who supplants

Hebrew

Yakob

He who supplants

Hebrew

Yakov

He who supplants

Hebrew

#1,092 (0.0077%)  
Yakup

He who supplants

Hebrew

Yaqub

He who supplants

Hebrew

#2,263 (0.0008%)  

What names sound like Jacob?

If you like how Jacob sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Jacob.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

#45 (0.5043%)  
Jacek
#2,934 (0.0004%)  
Jacory

Created Name

American

Jameson

Son of James

English

#91 (0.3067%)  
Jason

To heal

Greek

#100 (0.2794%)  

What names are similar to Jacob?

Find a name that’s like Jacob, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Ethan

Enduring and strong

Hebrew

#12 (0.8628%)  
Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

#51 (0.4808%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Jonah

Dove

Hebrew

#145 (0.1959%)  
Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

#23 (0.6955%)  
Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

#14 (0.8458%)  
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

#2 (1.3296%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  

Lists With Jacob

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Jacob.


Siblings of Jacob

Mamas with kids named Jacob also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
Augustus

Great, magnificient

Latin

#458 (0.0429%)  
Alex

Defender of man

Greek

#153 (0.1814%)  
Kayden

Son of Cadan

American

#98 (0.2883%)  
Kylie

Boomerang

Aboriginal

#122 (0.1747%)  
Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

#25 (0.4823%)  
Layla

Night

Arabic

#27 (0.4701%)  

8 Comments

  1. My husband wanted my sons name to be Jacob because he had a best friend named Jacob when he was a kid

  2. We choose the name after my husbands uncle who past away last march!

  3. Jacob was named by his siblings David and Isaac it was a great to have them involved in nameing their baby brother his middle name he got from his dad I just thought my children being involved in Jacobs name it would bring them closer to their baby brother and it has

  4. Bible names are cool

  5. I love the name

  6. Biblical name, short and simple. Lots of knickname options. Two syllables only.

  7. I ask my daughter to give me boys name and she same luke david jacob and a bunch of other boy name but jacob stuck put for me and i just knew in my.heart i was going to have a jacob.

  8. At the time we chose the name there weren’t lots of Jacobs around us, it wasn’t very popular and we liked that. It sounded beautiful in our native language, which is a bit different from the English name version.


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