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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

Similar surnames: Jack, Jacobi, Jacobs, Job, Jaco, Jacobo, Bacon, Jakob, Jason, Jacoby

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Jacob Family Origin

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Jacob Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Institutrice were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Jacob. 25% of Jacob men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Jacob women worked as an Institutrice. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jacob were Laborer and Commis

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Institutrice
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Commis

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Jacob Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Jacob. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Jacob. For the veterans among your Jacob ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jacob Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jacob life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Jacob in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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