Quick Facts on Jakob
- German, Nordic
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JAY-kəb or YAH-kawp
The supplanter; at the heel
Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.
Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jakob
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jakob
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jakob
Jakob We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jakob [see Jacob].
Popular Songs on Jakob
Jakob - a song by Agent of Good Roots
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jakob
Die lange Reise des Jakob Stern (Rainer M. Schröder) - German Edition. Fesselnd und eindringlich: Die Odyssee des Jakob Stern. Deutschland, 1939: Als der 15-jährige Jakob Stern sich am Bahnhof von seinen Eltern verabschiedet, hofft er, dass sie bald nachkommen werden. Doch Jakob wird seine Familie nie mehr wiedersehen. Er flieht mit einem Kindertransport nach England. Monatelang leben Jakob und seine Freunde in Flüchtlingslagern. Als die Ausreise nach Amerika bevorsteht, keimt neue Hoffnung unter den Kindern auf. Jakob steht auf der Liste. Eine lange Odyssee beginnt ...Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Jakob
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
Famous People Who Named Their Son Jakob - Bob Dylan (musician); Gary Busey (actor)
Jakob - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jakob - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jakob.
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.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jakob