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I don't really like this name, and I wonder why it's so popular now... I would think that Michael would still be the number one name every year.
-- trayc53  4/20/2005
Properly speaking Jacob and Wilhem Grimm are not the "authors" of the Grimm fairy tales. I am not sure of the most correct noun... collectors, or compilers. Just to be punctilious.
-- Deucalion33  6/30/2005
I still think it's an interesting name. Yes, it is as common as the name Emily, but I still think this name is interesting. It's also the middle name of actor Daniel Radcliffe.
-- Tbird  7/17/2005
Although the correct English pronunciation of the name is Jay-kob, from my travels in Denmark where this is a very popular name it would be pronounced Ya-cob. As far as I know the J is always a Y sound in Danish.
-- BKelley  7/26/2005
My husband is of Dutch heritage and has a grandfather Jacobus. That is also our oldest son's given name. It is also my understanding that the "J" is pronounced as a "Y" in The Nederlands. He goes by Kobus.
-- Anonymous User  8/11/2005
Jacob is also Biblical. He was the son of Isaac, brother of Esau, and father of twelve patriarchs of Israel. Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning 'one who has been strong against God').
-- Tbird  9/5/2005
I didn't have a good experience with a boy named Jacob, but that doesn't mean I absolutely hate the name, it just sounds funny when you say it. Kinda rolls off the tongue in a weird way.
-- misslucy2u2007  9/17/2005
A cute nickname is "Cubby".
-- kassi42  10/7/2005
The act of holding a heel is a Hebrew symobl for deception. Thus, the word Jacob has also been associated with deception.
-- joluha  10/11/2005
The true meaning of Jacob is deceiver and God changed his name to Israel which means Prince of God.
-- Miss Es  11/21/2005
There are now many Biblical scholars who don't accept the derivation of Jacob from "heel" or "supplanter" but believe that is a folk etymology created for the Biblical story, with the real original meaning of Jacob going back to Semitic roots meaning "may God protect." [noted -ed]

For some references to the above interpretation see:
http://www.hope.edu/bandstra/RTOT/CH2/CH2_2A.HTM
http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/genesis/genesis25.htm
http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/Ted_Hildebrandt/OTeSources/01-Genesis/Text/Articles-Books/Ross_JacobPeniel_BSac.htm.
-- clevelandkentevans  3/19/2006
Jacob is a nice, strong biblical name. My friend's son's name is Jacob. It is very popular right now, almost too much.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2006
A famous bearer of the name Jacob is Jacob 'Jake' Gyllenhaal who starred in films such as 'Donnie Darko', 'The Day After Tomorrow' and most recently, 'Brokeback Mountain'.
-- SophieMaria  4/29/2006
The over-popularity of this name just makes it boring. Caleb sounds fresher.
-- Anonymous User  5/5/2006
Jacob is a common name but it's very masculine. I love the name because of the nickname "Jake". Michael has been the most popular mame for many years and now it's Jacob's turn.
-- kaycee  5/14/2006
Rodney Dangerfield's birth name was Jacob Cohen.
-- breakofday  5/15/2006
Jacob is a great name, short and strong.
-- rnovluv  6/30/2006
I think Jacob sounds more grown up than Jake.
-- Anonymous User  7/1/2006
Jacob Marley was the business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol.' At the time of the story, he has been dead for seven years.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2006
Jacob is a major character in the book New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. He's a friend of the main character and turns out to be a werewolf.
-- Anonymous User  8/18/2006
Cob is also biblical, which is a plus. Daniel Jacob is a good combo.
-- Emma McHnery  8/31/2006
I like the name Jacob. That's the name of my Husband. He likes to be called Jacob or Jake. He doesn't care either way. But it's a historical name and he likes it.
-- Tito82  10/10/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Jacob here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
-- _satu_  10/24/2006
Every young boy I meet seems to bear this name, but there are surpisingly few in my high school, given the popularity of the name in the late eighties/early nineties.
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2006
What a wonderful name. Makes me think of someone who is very handsome!
-- cleopatraVII  12/21/2006
Very cute name.
-- Barking Spider  12/21/2006
A famous bearer is Jacob Brent. He is a broadway dancer and starred in CATS (on Broadway, in London, and in CATS video). He's also done Starlight Express and other little shows. Now, he choreographs and even directs shows.
-- QuaxosBlackCatMagic  3/12/2007
I love Jacob despite how everyone says it is so popular. I have only actually ever met two though in my life. It is in the running as my favorite name with Joshua and Elijah.
-- Jassie  5/7/2007
It IS popular--it's been NUMBER ONE for seven years and within the top 10 for the last ten years. The reason you don't know many is probably because it wasn't insanely popular until recently and most of the people you know probably aren't young children.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
I have to back up Jassie on this one. Although Jacob has indeed ranked high on popularity charts, I myself have never met one. That happens.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  7/25/2007
My husbands name and I love it. Even though it is overly popular at the moment doesn't keep me from liking it. I will possibly use this name as a middle name if I ever have a future son.
-- EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  7/14/2007
Jacob Davis was the inventor of riveted denim jeans but Levi Strauss bought the patent from him.
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2007
I love the name Jacob even though it's so popular.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2007
Jacob is favored by parents who want their kids to be called "Jake", like some old fashioned detective. Lame name. Too Jewish anyway.
-- johann14  9/25/2007
Jonathan Jacob Walker is Panic! At The Disco's bassist.
-- Ryx3  10/2/2007
Pronounced YAH-kopp in German.
-- KateB  12/7/2007
This name wasn't so popular when I got it. Now, I'll be somewhere like the store and some parent yells at their little kid when he gets in trouble "JACOB!", and my first thought is they're yelling at me. Took a little while to get used to. And I don't know why some people think this name is too Jewish. I've never met another Jacob who was Jewish. And I get asked if I'm Jewish all the time, because I also have a Polish last name, and some people mistakenly think of Polish names as Jewish.
-- jake13  1/27/2008
I found it quite odd when I first saw the list of most popular names. My first name, Jacob, was first. My middle name, Michael, was second. I also must agree that whenever someone is yelling at another Jacob, I think they're yelling at me.
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2008
It's a nice name that ages pretty well. My brother's name is Jacob and he always goes by Jake, which is a great nickname.
-- Anonymous User  3/10/2008
This is one of the safest name choices you could possibly make, as you can't really go wrong with Jacob. It's the type of name that suits all sorts of guys: young, old, good-looking, and fat and ugly. Jake is an okay nickname, but of the guy doesn't like that, he can go by Jay alone. And hey, it's only two syllables. Seeings as this is such a safe choice and a timeless classic, the name is, naturally, overused and stale, but at least it's very unproblematic.
-- slight night shiver  6/6/2008
Pronounced "zhah-KAWB" in French.
-- Senko  6/15/2008
Number one for boys in 2005.
-- Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
I like this name a lot. And although it's supposed to be popular, I've only ever come across one Jacob. I like it far better than Jason.
-- alyce  7/14/2008
Jacob Hannekroot is the antagonist of Susan Runholt's "The Mystery of the Third Lucretia". He is hideous but fascinating.
-- EmilyOlive  7/18/2008
Jacob Hoggard, former Canadian Idol contestant and lead singer of the band Hedley.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2008
Jacob Black appears in every book of the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer.
-- Glamorous  8/3/2008
Famous bearer Jacob Himes the American artist.
-- Anonymous User  9/19/2008
Yaqoob in Arabic (Ya-qoob).
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2008
My son was almost called Jacob until we learned how popular Jacob is. I still love the name, but didn't want a really common name for my son. I also really like Jake as a nickname.
-- Anonymous User  11/25/2008
My name is Jacob and I love my name! What a lasting peace that will live on.
-- NASCAR MAN 14  11/28/2008
I like this name. It rolls off the tongue kinda weird. The B sound at the end is kinda a turn off for me.
-- D.Scott  12/3/2008
My best friend's name is Jacob. And it kinda just suits him. It's definitely a boy-ish name. Though, I don't like the nickname Jake for it. It's purpose is definitely masculinity.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2009
I like this name, although I know like 5 Jacobs. I think it's very classy for a boy/man, and it's easy to spell. (Unless you're the dingwad that spelled it "Jakob".) But I think I've heard WAY too many twins with this name. Jacob & Martin, Ben & Jake, Jacob & Jordan, and I don't know any more boy twins. Ha. But overall I do like this name.
-- baileymarissa  2/6/2009
I don't like this name. It's way too common and I find it boring as well. Whenever I hear the name I think the parents must have been lazy because they couldn't think of anything more creative.
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2009
Pronounced YAH-kawp in Czech, Slovak, Polish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Slovene and Croatian.
-- MaggieSimpson  11/21/2009
Ho hum. Boring, average and devoid of personality. And obscenely common. There's three Jacob's and one Jake in my daughters' daycare. Hopefully people will tire of it soon.
-- Tiger-LilyFP  11/29/2009
A bit dull and boring, but I like this, I would name my kid this.
-- coolcatevan9  12/7/2009
This is a great and smart choice for a name. Popularity of names matter 0% to me. All I care about how great a name it is.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2009
Jacob both in Usage & Pronunciation
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: hah-KO-b (Spanish)
-- cosmos1745  1/6/2010
No wonder this name is so popular - it's handsome, manly, versatile and the -b ending makes it sound unusual and yet easy to fit a second name to.
-- SandSea  2/4/2010
Criminally overused. Most of the Jakes I've met throughout my life haven't been bad people, though. But it's nothing spectacular. Just a safe choice.
-- Aureliano  2/28/2010
This is the name of a character shrouded in mystery in the hit television show LOST.
-- Jeana Bradbury  4/11/2010
This is the middle name of Actor Daniel Radcliffe.
-- Jeana Bradbury  4/11/2010
I used to absolutely ADORE the name Jacob, and I still like it, but it's not my absolute favorite anymore. But it's still really nice.
-- --allison--  4/13/2010
I like this name. It is very common though. I like that you can shorten it to Jake.
-- GrapeGirl93  5/5/2010
Another one of those awesome-but-sadly-popular names. Really, I like it, I think it's a great name, but twenty percent of the males I know are named Jacob, and that's in one tiny town alone!
-- Black_X  5/11/2010
Jacob is a fine choice, personally. However, I must say that a certain book has greatly destroyed it and its meaning, as well as popularity-wise. I believe my liking for it started when I had a dream, of which there was a character in it named Jacob (Jake). I certainly am not very fresh on the dream. But I remember he was a good guy with morals.
If someone wishes to name their child Jacob, my vote is that they choose a different variation from a separate language, to give some individuality. Perhaps the Italian: Jacopo, for instance.
-- Francesca  6/4/2010
Nice name, but too many baby boys are being named Jacob today. It has been #1 for almost 8 years.
-- erb816  10/1/2010
I like this name, but it's so freaking popular. XP
-- Chrila96  10/10/2010
I love love love this name, I don't really care that it is sooooo popular, it is a fabulous name!
-- gabbygrace1915  12/30/2010
Jacob Lusk is a contestant on American Idol season 10.
-- Ryry1996  5/5/2011
Jacob-Sigisbert Adam (1670-1747) was a French Sculptor. His sons were François-Gaspard, Nicolas-Sébastien and Lambert-Sigisbert.
-- Anonymous User  7/3/2011
Jacob is a kid's name. I can't imagine it on an older man.
-- Evantastic  8/9/2011
This is one of the few uber popular names that I actually like. I know quite a few Jacobs of all ages, and the name suits all of them. I'd probably use it as a middle name.
-- mrose19  8/9/2011
Jacob Adriaensz Backer (1608-1651) was a Dutch portrait and history painter famous for 'Portrait of a Boy in Grey'.
-- Anonymous User  9/2/2011
Jacob Burckhardt (Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt) (1818-1897) was a Swiss historian, professor at the universities of Zurich and Basle.
-- Anonymous User  10/13/2011
Jacob van Campen (1595-1657) was a Dutch architect and painter.
-- Anonymous User  10/16/2011
Yes, it's outrageously popular but that doesn't automatically make a name good or bad. Jacob ages well, isn't trendy or "dated" it could fit any type of guy. I understand if you just don't like the sound of this name for whatever reason, but "It's popular" isn't a very good reason to me. I doubt that I would ever consider Jacob for my actual child, but I like it just fine. There are worse things you could be naming your kid, really. But maybe I'm just partial to Jacob because I like Jake so much.
-- Proctorness  10/31/2011
Common, but nice name. The nickname Jake is also nice.
-- Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
I am sick of this name. Jake and Jacob are EVERYWHERE.
-- codenameflame  2/28/2012
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born 1980 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. He is the brother of actress Margaret Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Jacob Akiba Marinsky (born 1918 in Buffalo, New York) was an American chemist who was the co-discoverer of the element promethium.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
This name is everywhere. There is a floor at my university that has four Jacobs. It is so common it's sickening.
-- Rochester  2/4/2013
I like the name Jacob, almost as much as Jake (which I named my dog). There's someone that I associate negatively with the name Jacob. Jacob is WAY too common in my opinion. I probably know at least 10 Jacobs. Please stop naming your child this, or everyone will be named Jacob. There was someone in my school who's name was just Jake, and not Jacob and I liked that a lot more.
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2014
A fine, respectable religious-themed name. Has a blessed meaning too- a delightful name that has a lot to offer. Don't use it for the sake of Twilight- pfft, that's not a good reason AT ALL. ¬_¬ Choose it for it's meaning, history and the way it sounds. =)
-- LoveHeartKawaii  4/20/2014
Jacob Zuma is the President of South Africa.
-- Jason Malcolm  4/25/2014
Well, this wouldn't be my first choice... or second... or third. But I actually think its kinda cute! If I turn my head and squint my eyes a little :0).
-- EqualityandLoveRall  5/20/2014
I have grown up with so many Jacobs in my classes that this name just bores me... I don't really think of this name much because it is so common and popular. I also think the "b" at the end of Jacob is awkward to say, so I pronounce the name as "Jacup" with a "p" instead. Honestly, when guys tell me their name is Jake or Jacob, I usually forget their name because I already know about 10 Jacobs and it's too many to keep track of.
-- Lucia Wren  7/19/2014
I think Jacob is a name suitable for all ages! And the comments about the name being too old fashioned, no way, the Jacob's I know are born in early 2000's.
-- Anonymous User  8/21/2014

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