Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jakob

Jakob is a cognate of Jacob, mainly used in Germany and Nordic countries. Jacob is a Latin derivation of the Hebrew name "Yaakov" traditionally thought to be derived from the word "akev" - which literally translates to "at the heel". In Genesis 25:26, Jacob was born the younger twin to Isaac and Rebecca and he "came out with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob." The Lord told Rebecca that the younger would be stronger, and that the older would serve the younger. As the Biblical story progresses, the cunning Jacob eventually supplants his older brother by stealing his birthright and his father's blessing. "Is he not rightly named Jacob?" Esau asks in Genesis 27:36. "For he has supplanted me these two times." Of course Jacob goes onto marry Leah and Rachel and produce the 12 Tribes of Israel – so yes, we’d say Jacob was quite a bit more successful than his older twin Esau. The Jakob spelling with a “k” as opposed to the “c” is primarily used in Germany, some Nordic or Scandinavian countries, Croatia, Estonia and Slovenia.

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Personality

OF THE BOY NAME JAKOB

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME JAKOB

The name Jakob with a “k” first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1983 which is right around the time that Jacob was gaining some serious momentum up the list. In response, American parents like to differentiate themselves from the masses by making slight changes to the norm. This is when Jakob appeared – spelling it with a “k” makes a super trendy name a little bit more original. Of course, Jakob is nowhere near as popular as his brother Jacob – the boy’s name that currently holds the #1 position in America. Jakob is a much more common spelling in Germany, some Eastern European nations and Scandinavian countries. The name seems a little sterner or less genteel spelled with a “k” rather than a “c” – and since the names are essentially pronounced the same way, there’s very little differentiation. Still, we “get” how parents like to add something a little different – and the Jakob spelling does slightly alter the look and feel of this ϋber-popular name.

Quick Facts

ON JAKOB

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

German

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

417

PRONUNCIATION:

JAY-kəb or YAH-kawp

SIMPLE MEANING:

The supplanter; at the heel

Characteristics

OF JAKOB

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Jakob

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JAKOB

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Jakob

Popular Songs

ON JAKOB

Jakob
a song by Agent of Good Roots

Famous People

NAMED JAKOB

Jakob Dylan (musician)
Jakob Boehme (religion)
Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz (poet)
Jakob Poulsen (soccer player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JAKOB

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Jakob

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JAKOB

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jakob