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Origin: Denmark
Region Origin: Northern Europe

Jacob is a classic masculine given name with Hebrew origins. The name is derived from the Hebrew word "Ya'aqov" and can have multiple meanings, such as "to follow, be behind," "to supplant, overreach," or "to come from the Hebrew word for 'heel'". These interpretations are based on the biblical story of Jacob, who was the younger twin brother of Esau and known for his cunning nature. In the Old Testament, Jacob's name is explained as meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter" because he twice deprived his brother of his rights as the firstborn son. The name Jacob has been used in various forms across different cultures and languages. It is derived from the Latin "Iacobus," the Greek "Ἰάκωβος" (Iakobos), and the Hebrew "יַעֲקֹב" (Yaʿakov). In different spellings and pronunciations, the name can be found in languages such as Slovenian, Czech, Italian, Latin, and Portuguese. The name Jacob is also associated with several significant cultural and religious figures, including the biblical Jacob, who is considered one of the patriarchs of the people of Israel and the father of the twelve tribes, and Jesus Christ, who is believed to have familial connections with Jacob in Christianity.

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