This very rare and unusual surname is believed to be a late development of the personal name Jacob which is biblical in origin with a root meaning of 'heel' from the Hebrew 'aker'. Jacob was the name of the younger brother of Esau in the biblical account. The personal name Jakemin occurs in the early 14th Century in England where it was a diminutive of Jacquerne, a Picard form of James from Jacomus. One Robert Jacman occurs in 1379 in Yorkshire Poll Tax Returns. The surname Yackiminie and its variants appear in registers in conjunction with the variants Jacob, Jacobsen, Jacobon, Yacominie etc.. The birth of Paul Yacominie son of Peter Yacominie and Agnes Justice was registered on April 9th 1864 at Kelso, Roxburgh. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Francis Yacomine married Margaret Cameron at Perth, which was dated 1831, Perth Registers, during the reign of King William 1V, 1830 - 1837. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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