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Jacob Family History

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Jacob Families

  • Number of Jacob families
     244 - 485
     82 - 243
     1 - 81
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Jacob families
     369 - 736
     124 - 368
     1 - 123
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Jacob families
     11 - 19
     4 - 10
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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