Meaning:
Supplanter

Origin:
Hebrew
English

Caring, In Charge, Unashamed

The Leader

Jacob is an anglicization of the original Hebrew name Ya’aqov, it means ‘Supplanter’ which is like saying – replacement or dethroner. This meaning is allocated to Jacob because (in the Old Testament of the Bible) when he was born he was holding onto his twin brother, Esau, by the heel. He went on to steal Esau’s birthright by tricking their blind father, which further cemented the meaning of his name. Later in the Bible, God renames him, Israel.

There is though to the fact that Ya’aqov may derive from Hebrew root word:

akev

Heel

Which makes sense on reflection of the story of Jacobs birth.

Variations of this name include James, Jacques, Kobe, Hemi and Seumas.