Last name: Jacob
This most interesting surname derives from the ancient Hebrew given name "Yaakov" meaning "following-after". In the bible Jacob was the name of the twin brother of Esau, who took advantage of the latter's hunger and impetuousness to persuade him to part with his birthright "for a mess of potage". The surnames James and Jack share the same origins and development. Perhaps surprisingly Jacob in all its over two hundred spellings from Jacob, Iacobo, Kubera, and Kabos, to Giacopino, Jankel, Yakobovitz, and Jessen, was not originally a Jewish surname. Like most Hebrew and biblical names, it enjoyed a great burst of popularity in the 12th century. This was during the time of the great Crusades to free the Holy Land from the Sarcens. All were unsuccessful, but the returning soldiers and pilgrims made it a fashion to call their children by names associated with the early days of the Christian church. The earliest examples of surname recordings are usually to be found in England, the first country to adopt both hereditary surnames, and to register them. Here William Jacob was recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1273, whilst in 1361 Hans Jacob is recorded in the charters of Wernsbach, Germany. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Agnes Jacobes, in the register of the abbey of Ramsey, Huntingdon, in the year 1244. Over the centuries surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2015
Abe de Jong-Riakhovcki
Investigating the Russian surname's meaning and relation.
R-iakhov sounds quit close to the Hebrew name Yakov?
Might be Polish.....Jewish....
I am trying to find info on a Philip Jacobs,born in 1743!
I´m from Argentina of Volga German descent, and my last name is Jacob. In my province many people have this last name.
Hi, Daniel. My mother's family, the Jacobs, were Volga Germans who sailed to Argentina, where they lived in Pfeifer (now San Francisco), Argentina for eight years before immigrating to Pfeifer, Kansas in the US. It is clear to me that you are a relative.
I am trying to find information of Lawrence Jacob, born about 1856, and I believe, in Liverpool. He was a director of Avery's Scales in Birmingham. I can find him on census data for 1891, living in Warwickshire, and married to Ellen, but can't link that to anything earlier about his life.
He was my great great grandfather. Prior to 1891 I can find nothing further about him. I understood he was born Jewish, and I did hear a story that he arrived by Ship from Poland as a young man, but I don't know if that is accurate or not.
He and Ellen had 9-10 children, one of whom was my grandmother, Edith. My home email is email@example.com. Could you use both please as I am not sure if my work email will filter out responses.