The name Jacob is of Hebrew origin and means "Supplanter." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Common nicknames for the name Jacob include Jake, Coby, and Yaki. Famous Jacobs include Jacob (then Israel) in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Jacob is also a prophet from the The Book of Mormon from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Jacob of Alexandria was the patriarch from in the early 1860s. Jacob Hubner was a German entomologist and Jacob Miller was a Jamaican reggae singer. Jacob is a character on the television series Lost.
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