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Jacob

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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Conqueror

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Jacob

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Jacob in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Jacob:

  • Records indicate that 837,543 boys in the United States have been named Jacob since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1998, when 35,977 people in the U.S. were given the name Jacob. Those people are now 20 years old.

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    Comments about the name Jacob

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      33 Positive Comments

  • "My best friend is named Jacob, and he "ousted" his older brother from my heart.(Just kidding)" Jun. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "yh jacobs rule we get the ladies as aposed to joesphs" Feb. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Pregenant with twins at the moment. I asked yesterday at my scan what the genders are and they are 2 boys! I cant wait as i have always dreamed of have 2 baby boys to finish my trio.Im gonna call one jacob as a first name and ryan as a middle name. The other is gonna be called Liam as a first name and connor as a middle name. I have already got 1 daughter called Emily who is 3 and she cant wait either. If it wasnt for this website i wouldnt be calling one of them Jacob!" Jan. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "love this name.. my husbands name is jacob and we have baby boy on the way which will also be named jacob :)" Sep. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always loved the name Jacob. When I was younger and picking out kid's names, this is one of the first I fell in love with. My boyfriend and I have already decided if we have a son, his name will be Jacob, just like his father. =)" Nov. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named my son Jacob. I love the name because it is manly and still cute. When I chose the name I didn't know it was so popular!! Darn it" Jul. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know I'm only a teenager but when I grow up if I have a baby boy his name will be Jaikob Eliajah. I know the spelling is wierd but I like it because it is unique. And anyways I love Team Jacob but don't want the popular spelling of it. And I love the name Jacob so yeah!" Jun. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Jacob. My friends and I call him Jake though" Jun. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great, strong Biblical name. Named my son Jacob." Feb. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really really love this name. and not only becuz its the name of my future husband but becuz its a hot, tough, and maybe even a pretty name. Ten thumbs up!!!" Jan. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends names jacob and i love it. but i mostly call him jakey :)" Dec. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im s girl and my name is Jacob, i love my name it's different and not a typical girls name. However, i attend an all girls school and in the beginning of the school yr when we do register everyone is like "Jacob, huh?" especially now cause in the higher yrs we have mixed classes with boys so their just as confused, but overall i love my name, as the Twilight Sage just made my name more popular. (Lol i also have many Team Jacob t-shirts)" Oct. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jacob. I love my name. I was named after my grandfather. People often misspell it Jacup, Jacub, or Jakub. When the Twilight movie came out I started seeing Team Jacob T-Shirts everywhere. So of course my girlfriend had to buy one!" Oct. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friends sister's boyfriend is named Jacob!!! lol" Aug. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Jacob because I thought it sounded like a good tough boy name. I mostly call him Jake or Jakey." May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's funny that guys with the name Jacob get confronted by people who have read Twilight.... Apparently it irriatates the Jacobs.... lol" Apr. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had my son last year and we called him Jacob. Alot of my friends and family were unsure but they soon fell in love with the name when they met our beautiful son. Im so glad we picked it xx" Mar. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "another meaning to this name is that god protects. and that has been happening out like that for me my whole life. but i have only met three people with the same name. but rly everywhere i go i hear the name Jacob called out." Jun. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our third son Jacob. We usually shorten it to Jake or I will call him Jakey. He only lets me call him that, I think he's kind of outgrowing it, but he'll always be my Jakey." Jun. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our new grandson is named Jacob..his father is Isaac so of course they had to name him Jacob. Being christians I just love the symbolism of the two names together." Apr. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think this name is gorgeous,,,im a religious person and i loved it since i heard it on the bible. my husband's son is named Jacob,,he couldn't have found a better one. It is very popular now in days too." Jan. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'll bet 100 $ that you never will meet any stupid JAcob they are always handsome kind and friendly" Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I much love this name,I dont rly kno why but i do lol its very very nice." May. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I much love this name,I dont rly kno why but i do lol its very very nice." May. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jacob and they do spell and pronounce it wrong. "Jacup" I have met ~4 people with this name. My parents call me Jake and my newly adopted brother and sisters call me Jack." May. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is jacob,but im often called jake.Many people think that it is spelt Jacub.And I am also called jacobe by my italian teacher." Mar. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Jakobe not sure of the exact origin My family is german/polish but i would guess its a version of jacob people do call me "jake" or "coby"" Jan. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Even though it is common I have always liked it. It's very manly yet cute. Jake is a cute shortening although way too common." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Both my current(third) and my first boyfriends were named Jacob. Its a gorgeous name." Sep. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is what we named our son, who was born in November 2005. We call him Jakie when he's being cute, or Jake for short." Jul. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's worked for me for 28 years now! Growing up, I rarely ran into another Jacob (or Jake). In recent years, however, it's quite common to be walking around somewhere and hear my name called. When I turn and look, out of habit, it's normally a little kid being called." Jul. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name so it's bound to be god. I give it 5 stars. I've knowen a few people by my name. I get called Jake too!" May. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is named jacob and i didn't know any jacobs before i named him - he was born in 1994 and appears to be in the middle of the "boom" of baby boys named jacob" Feb. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "A really weird guy in my class is named Jacob. Well, there are two of them, and they're both weird." Jun. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My namez jakob and im german/polish too, i hate my name itz a pussy name. Im just happy that ITS NOT CHRISTIAN its way older" Mar. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i only no one jacob but the one i no is SO nippy lol" Jun. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The meaning of Jacob is "supplanter" which means "ouster" or "to replace" by force or succession. We have thought about this name for our 2nd son but have reconsidered due to the meaning...we don't want our 1st son to feel "ousted or replaced". Also, due to it's popularity, we didn't want our son to be 1 of 5 Jakes or Jacobs in school! ha ha. It's too bad though as we have liked the name until this point!" Jan. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "since it means thief, kinda ruins the name... and the biblical jacob (albeit he was named since he was holding his brother's heel at birth).. did end up being a thief, thus living up to his name." Dec. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      23 Neutral Comments

  • "It's my name and it sounds weird. Ja = ok cob = weird and reminds me of corn. I can only imagine how it sounds to other people with a different name..." Aug. 14, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jacob is the best boy name in the world I think that it is awesome" Dec. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "too many jacobs,it's a pain when there are more than one in a class." May. 13, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my grandson,s name is spelled Jakob are there others that spell it like this" Sep. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My newborn son is named Jacob Ryan. I love his name. Everyone at my middle school thinks I named him after twilight jacob but there just dumb." Jun. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a 8 year old brother named jacob he loves it!! the only reason he loves the name is cause jacob in the movie twilight is a werewolve and my buba is named after him!" May. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 6 years old and loves his name. We've pretty much always called him "Jacob" up until this point." Mar. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "love this name! i just hope it doesn't get too popular because of twilight" Dec. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend and I want to get married someday, and are already thinking of baby names for our future children. (Yeah, we plan pretty far ahead!) He likes this name, but I'm not sure, I've never really considered it and it has never been a favorite of mine. But the more and more I say it, the more I like it. =) I think if I had a son named Jacob, I think I'd call him Coby. =)" Sep. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of my best friends in the world is named Jacob, he's the most beautiful person. I love this name." Jul. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nice old name, with goode nickname "Jake", but way too common and overused now." Jan. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born 7 weeks early. He was given the name Jacob because it is a strong name and he is alright, strong and healthy now." Jan. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jacob but I like the nickname Jake better." Dec. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is jacob and it means a "grabber" Jacob in the bible wrestled a angel to take all of its blessing, jacob had many blessing and was so stubborn so god gave him one defect, one shorter leg so hed always depend on him. okay thats all im typing" Dec. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it but not sure about it's meaning being very nice" Sep. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My english teacher ALWAYS just called me "the supplanter" the my whole senior year... yikes!" Sep. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name doesnt seem 2 be lucky for me, ive had alot of bad luck.... but i am pretty smart and lazy." Aug. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jacob is among the names that I most love for a boy. It is sophisticated and modern." Jun. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my uncle's name is Jacob, but he spells it Jaekub, yah, i know, that's weird. well, I am in love with the name jake, and jacob is nice too, if it is spelled correctly!!" Jun. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Why is the meaning of Jacob given as "held by the heel" when in fact it was ESAU who was held by the heel by Jacob not Jacob who washed by the heel?" Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Jacob. I dont know what the meaning of my name is. "held by the heel"..some1 plz tell me wat it means!" Dec. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Jacob and I must say supplanter fits me though I learned that another thing the name means is Dirty Little Thief" Aug. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name seems to have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. I can't really remember even meeting a person named Jacob in all my years though. However I've known 3 dogs named Jake, hence I always think of this as a dog's name." Jul. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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