Jacob Name Meaning

Jewish, English, German, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and southern Indian: derivative, via Latin Jacobus, from the Hebrew personal name ya‘aqobh (Yaakov). In the Bible, this is the name of the younger twin brother of Esau (Genesis 25:26), who took advantage of the latter’s hunger and impetuousness to persuade him to part with his birthright ‘for a mess of potage’. The name is traditionally interpreted as coming from Hebrew akev ‘heel’, and Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau’s heel. In English Jacob and James are now regarded as quite distinct names, but they are of identical origin (see James), and in most European languages the two names are not distinguished. It is used as a given name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a surname among families from southern India.

List of People with Surname Jacob

Based on our public records, there are a total of 7,221 people with the surname Jacob. Among these people surnamed Jacob, there are approximately 1,211 distinct names, with an average of 5 people who share the same name. Michael Jacob, Brian Jacob and Mathew Jacob are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Jacob, with 45, 31 and 31 people respectively.

In addition, Our data shows that California has the most people surnamed Jacob, with a total of 651 people, and there are a total of 439 distinct names among these people. Texas is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Jacob, with a total of 664 people and an average of 432 distinct names.