While Jacob has long been considered a classic boys name, a new generation of youth will always associate the name with a certain teen werewolf. Thanks to the international sensation known as Twilight, the name has leaped to the top of the baby name lists once again. But this name first originated in another famous book—the Bible. Jacob was the son of Issac whose sons were the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel, and he received the name Israel from God later in life. Talk about some big shoes to fill.


  • hebrew: Supplanter


Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Athlete Jacob Bell, Actor Jacob Vargas, Actor Jacob Young

Celebrity Babies:

Son of Dustin Hoffman, Son of Albert Brooks, Son of James Caan, Son of Danny Devito, Son of Courtney Thorne-Smith