Jacob Name Meaning

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Fact: Jacob is a key biblical figure, the son of Isaac and Rebecca.

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Jacob Overview

Meaning

To follow, be behind, to supplant, overreach, heel, may God protect

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov, meaning “supplanter” or “holder of the heel.”

Religion

Christianity, Judaism, Islam

Pronunciation

/ˈdʒeɪ.kəb/

Popularity

Jacob is a widely popular name across various cultures and countries. Ranked 36th most popular name in USA in 2023.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

4 (Orderly, Steady, Service-oriented)

Name Styles

Classic, Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, reliable, intelligent, caring

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Significant in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions as the name of a patriarch in the Bible.

Name Day

February 8th
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Jacob Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Jacob, Jakob, Yakub, Yaakov, Jacobo, Jacques, Jaakko, Jacopo, Jacub

Common Nicknames

Jake, Jay, Cob, Coby, Jack, Jace, Jayco, Jacky

Diminutives

Jake, Jack, Jay, Jac, Jaco, Coby, Jac, J

Famous People

  • Jacob Grimm
    (German Philologist)
  • Jacob Lawrence
    (American Painter)
  • Jacob Riis
    (Danish-American Journalist)
  • Jacob Zuma
    (South African Politician)
  • Jacob Epstein
    (British Sculptor)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Jacob Black
    ("Twilight," Book Series)
  • Jacob
    ("Jacob's Ladder," Film)
  • Jacob Portman
    ("Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," Book Series)
  • Jacob Marley
    ("A Christmas Carol," Novella)
  • Jacob Stone
    ("The Librarians," TV Series)

Places

  • Jacob City
    (Florida, USA)
  • St. Jacob
    (Illinois, USA)
  • Jacob Lake
    (Arizona, USA)
  • Jacobabad
    (Pakistan)

What Is the Meaning of Jacob?

Jacob means “supplanter” or “one who follows” in Hebrew. People named Jacob are often seen as determined and strong-willed. They are known for their ambition and ability to achieve their goals. Jacob is a name that conveys a sense of perseverance and resilience, often associated with individuals who are hardworking and dependable.

What Is the Origin of The Name Jacob?

Jacob originates from Hebrew and has biblical roots. It is a classic name that appears in the Old Testament, where Jacob is one of the patriarchs of the Israelites. He was known for his determination and his role as a significant figure in biblical history. The name has been widely used in many cultures and languages, maintaining its popularity over centuries.

Jacob Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Jacob in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#11999#12000#12001

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Jacob

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202336
(-4 from 2022)
6976
(-670 from 2022)
0.38096
202232
(-8 from 2021)
7646
(-820 from 2021)
0.40823
202124
(-9 from 2020)
8466
(-827 from 2020)
0.45186
202015
(-3 from 2019)
9293
(-1486 from 2019)
0.50241
201912
(+1 from 2018)
10779
(-1099 from 2018)
0.56089
201813
(-4 from 2017)
11878
(-1380 from 2017)
0.61109
20179
(-2 from 2016)
13258
(-1290 from 2016)
0.66989
20167
(-3 from 2015)
14548
(-1445 from 2015)
0.71820
20154
No change from 2014
15993
(-916 from 2014)
0.78227
20144
(-2 from 2013)
16909
(-1280 from 2013)
0.82514
20132
(-1 from 2012)
18189
(-912 from 2012)
0.90013
20121
No change from 2011
19101
(-1293 from 2011)
0.94132
20111
No change from 2010
20394
(-1754 from 2010)
1.00393
20101
No change from 2009
22148
(+949 from 2009)
1.07807
20091
No change from 2008
21199
(-1419 from 2008)
0.99952
20081
No change from 2007
22618
(-1684 from 2007)
1.03732
20071
No change from 2006
24302
(-560 from 2006)
1.09712
20061
No change from 2005
24862
(-984 from 2005)
1.13403
20051
No change from 2004
25846
(-2056 from 2004)
1.21495
20041
No change from 2003
27902
(-1750 from 2003)
1.32027
20031
No change from 2002
29652
(-933 from 2002)
1.41122
20021
No change from 2001
30585
(-1987 from 2001)
1.47993
20011
No change from 2000
32572
(-1918 from 2000)
1.57474
20001
No change from 1999
34490
(-880 from 1999)
1.65156
19991
(+1 from 1998)
35370
(-656 from 1998)
1.73467
19982
No change from 1997
36026
(+1868 from 1997)
1.77674
19972
(+1 from 1996)
34158
(+2233 from 1996)
1.70980
19963
(+1 from 1995)
31925
(+792 from 1995)
1.59328
19954
(+3 from 1994)
31133
(+1714 from 1994)
1.54785
19947
(+2 from 1993)
29419
(+1934 from 1993)
1.44328
19939
(+6 from 1992)
27485
(+1817 from 1992)
1.33066
199215
(+2 from 1991)
25668
(+470 from 1991)
1.22277
199117
(+3 from 1990)
25198
(+3178 from 1990)
1.18876
199020
(+6 from 1989)
22020
(+4187 from 1989)
1.02322
198926
(+2 from 1988)
17833
(+1952 from 1988)
0.85082
198828
(+3 from 1987)
15881
(+1559 from 1987)
0.79315
198731
No change from 1986
14322
(+670 from 1986)
0.73438
198631
(+4 from 1985)
13652
(+1368 from 1985)
0.71042
198535
(+2 from 1984)
12284
(+927 from 1984)
0.63833
198437
(-1 from 1983)
11357
(+358 from 1983)
0.60516
198336
(+5 from 1982)
10999
(+938 from 1982)
0.59021
198241
(+2 from 1981)
10061
(+717 from 1981)
0.53312
198143
No change from 1980
9344
(+824 from 1980)
0.50172
198043
(+2 from 1979)
8520
(+975 from 1979)
0.45936
197945
(+5 from 1978)
7545
(+1382 from 1978)
0.42120
197850
(+6 from 1977)
6163
(+374 from 1977)
0.36070
197756
(+7 from 1976)
5789
(+1281 from 1976)
0.33867
197663
(+12 from 1975)
4508
(+888 from 1975)
0.27613
197575
(+12 from 1974)
3620
(+661 from 1974)
0.22313
197487
(+35 from 1973)
2959
(+836 from 1973)
0.18151
1973122
(+33 from 1972)
2123
(+440 from 1972)
0.13157
1972155
(+69 from 1971)
1683
(+627 from 1971)
0.10053
1971224
(+31 from 1970)
1056
(+146 from 1970)
0.05809
1970255
(+41 from 1969)
910
(+254 from 1969)
0.04777
1969296
(+28 from 1968)
656
(+104 from 1968)
0.03586
1968324
(+29 from 1967)
552
(+105 from 1967)
0.03109
1967353
(-2 from 1966)
447
(-7 from 1966)
0.02512
1966351
(-6 from 1965)
454
(-35 from 1965)
0.02498
1965345
(-1 from 1964)
489
(-33 from 1964)
0.02581
1964344
(+8 from 1963)
522
(+34 from 1963)
0.02575
1963352
(+17 from 1962)
488
(+14 from 1962)
0.02364
1962369
(-15 from 1961)
474
(-31 from 1961)
0.02255
1961354
(-3 from 1960)
505
(+13 from 1960)
0.02341
1960351
(-25 from 1959)
492
(-67 from 1959)
0.02272
1959326
(+15 from 1958)
559
(+53 from 1958)
0.02580
1958341
(-10 from 1957)
506
(-34 from 1957)
0.02348
1957331
(-9 from 1956)
540
(+2 from 1956)
0.02467
1956322
(-19 from 1955)
538
(-39 from 1955)
0.02507
1955303
(+3 from 1954)
577
(+14 from 1954)
0.02760
1954306
(-17 from 1953)
563
(-27 from 1953)
0.02721
1953289
(+8 from 1952)
590
(+28 from 1952)
0.02947
1952297
(+14 from 1951)
562
(+60 from 1951)
0.02848
1951311
(+7 from 1950)
502
(+37 from 1950)
0.02626
1950318
(-10 from 1949)
465
(-25 from 1949)
0.02557
1949308
(-19 from 1948)
490
(-60 from 1948)
0.02719
1948289
(+12 from 1947)
550
(+28 from 1947)
0.03085
1947301
(+3 from 1946)
522
(+65 from 1946)
0.02810
1946304
(-12 from 1945)
457
(+40 from 1945)
0.02769
1945292
(-9 from 1944)
417
(-20 from 1944)
0.03041
1944283
(-2 from 1943)
437
(-39 from 1943)
0.03146
1943281
(-29 from 1942)
476
(-48 from 1942)
0.03272
1942252
(+5 from 1941)
524
(+58 from 1941)
0.03721
1941257
(-23 from 1940)
466
(-48 from 1940)
0.03714
1940234
(+27 from 1939)
514
(+87 from 1939)
0.04333
1939261
(-21 from 1938)
427
(-61 from 1938)
0.03768
1938240
(-17 from 1937)
488
(-48 from 1937)
0.04294
1937223
(+6 from 1936)
536
(+36 from 1936)
0.04901
1936229
(+13 from 1935)
500
(+25 from 1935)
0.04698
1935242
(-23 from 1934)
475
(-72 from 1934)
0.04441
1934219
(-6 from 1933)
547
(+8 from 1933)
0.05151
1933213
(+5 from 1932)
539
(-19 from 1932)
0.05283
1932218
(-1 from 1931)
558
(-14 from 1931)
0.05193
1931217
(-5 from 1930)
572
(-50 from 1930)
0.05347
1930212
(-9 from 1929)
622
(-25 from 1929)
0.05507
1929203
(-7 from 1928)
647
(-71 from 1928)
0.05841
1928196
(-23 from 1927)
718
(-137 from 1927)
0.06292
1927173
(+4 from 1926)
855
(+45 from 1926)
0.07359
1926177
(-11 from 1925)
810
(-91 from 1925)
0.07071
1925166
(-3 from 1924)
901
(-69 from 1924)
0.07825
1924163
(-3 from 1923)
970
(-5 from 1923)
0.08297
1923160
(-12 from 1922)
975
(-52 from 1922)
0.08611
1922148
(-5 from 1921)
1027
(-67 from 1921)
0.09127
1921143
No change from 1920
1094
(+44 from 1920)
0.09614
1920143
(-6 from 1919)
1050
(-32 from 1919)
0.09539
1919137
(-4 from 1918)
1082
(-116 from 1918)
0.10657
1918133
(-3 from 1917)
1198
(+76 from 1917)
0.11424
1917130
(-7 from 1916)
1122
(-10 from 1916)
0.11696
1916123
(-2 from 1915)
1132
(+10 from 1915)
0.12261
1915121
(-8 from 1914)
1122
(+125 from 1914)
0.12737
1914113
(+4 from 1913)
997
(+253 from 1913)
0.14591
1913117
(-7 from 1912)
744
(+53 from 1912)
0.13874
1912110
(+6 from 1911)
691
(+368 from 1911)
0.15306
1911116
(+1 from 1910)
323
(+50 from 1910)
0.13381
1910117
(-15 from 1909)
273
(+11 from 1909)
0.13093
1909102
(+5 from 1908)
262
(+27 from 1908)
0.14814
1908107
(-6 from 1907)
235
(-8 from 1907)
0.14125
1907101
(+13 from 1906)
243
(+56 from 1906)
0.15323
1906114
(-16 from 1905)
187
(-33 from 1905)
0.12980
190598
(-9 from 1904)
220
(-23 from 1904)
0.15360
190489
(+14 from 1903)
243
(+54 from 1903)
0.17545
1903103
(-8 from 1902)
189
(-18 from 1902)
0.14615
190295
(+3 from 1901)
207
(+35 from 1901)
0.15593
190198
(+3 from 1900)
172
(-61 from 1900)
0.14880
1900101
(-9 from 1899)
233
(+44 from 1899)
0.14372
189992
(-11 from 1898)
189
(-67 from 1898)
0.16407
189881
(+7 from 1897)
256
(+52 from 1897)
0.19379
189788
(-6 from 1896)
204
(-37 from 1896)
0.16729
189682
(-8 from 1895)
241
(-25 from 1895)
0.18672
189574
(-6 from 1894)
266
(-26 from 1894)
0.21004
189468
(-3 from 1893)
292
No change from 1893
0.23380
189365
(+8 from 1892)
292
(+9 from 1892)
0.24124
189273
(-4 from 1891)
283
(+45 from 1891)
0.21529
189169
(-3 from 1890)
238
(-52 from 1890)
0.21782
189066
(+1 from 1889)
290
(-5 from 1889)
0.24227
188967
(-10 from 1888)
295
(-58 from 1888)
0.24783
188857
(-1 from 1887)
353
(+36 from 1887)
0.27173
188756
(-2 from 1886)
317
(-29 from 1886)
0.29000
188654
(-2 from 1885)
346
(+3 from 1885)
0.29066
188552
(-2 from 1884)
343
(-38 from 1884)
0.29583
188450
(-1 from 1883)
381
(+25 from 1883)
0.31042
188349
(-3 from 1882)
356
(-34 from 1882)
0.31651
188246
(-7 from 1881)
390
(+9 from 1881)
0.31959
188139
No change from 1880
381
(-23 from 1880)
0.35188
188039
First SSA data recorded
404
First SSA data recorded
0.34122

American States Popularity Rankings for Jacob

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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New York (NY)

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Ohio (OH)

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Illinois (IL)

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Michigan (MI)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Florida (FL)

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Indiana (IN)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Georgia (GA)

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Missouri (MO)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Virginia (VA)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Washington (WA)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Arizona (AZ)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Colorado (CO)

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Maryland (MD)

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Alabama (AL)

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Iowa (IA)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Oregon (OR)

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Utah (UT)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Kansas (KS)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Mississippi (MS)

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West Virginia (WV)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Nevada (NV)

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Idaho (ID)

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Maine (ME)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Montana (MT)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Alaska (AK)

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Delaware (DE)

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Vermont (VT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Popularity Rankings for Jacob in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Philippines

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Denmark

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in Sweden

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Greenland

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Popularity in Mexico

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Jacob a Name for Boys or Girls?

Jacob is traditionally a boy’s name. Although it is mainly given to boys, it is seldom used for girls. Its strong historical and cultural ties make it mostly a male name.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Jacob

Jacob in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Jacob Grimm (Philologist, 1785–1863): A German philologist and folklorist best known for collecting and publishing folklore with his brother Wilhelm.
  • Jacob Lawrence (Painter, 1917–2000): An American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life and history through his dynamic cubism-influenced style.
  • Jacob Riis (Journalist, 1849–1914): A Danish-American social reformer and photojournalist known for his work on urban poverty in New York City.
  • Jacob Zuma (Politician, born 1942): A South African politician who served as the President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018.
  • Jacob Epstein (Sculptor, 1880–1959): A British sculptor who was a pioneer of modern sculpture.
  • Jacob Rothschild (Banker, born 1936): A British banker and member of the prominent Rothschild banking family.
  • Jacob Batalon (Actor, born 1996): An American actor known for his role as Ned Leeds in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
  • Jacob Tremblay (Actor, born 2006): A Canadian child actor known for his roles in "Room" and "Wonder."
  • Jacob Collier (Musician, born 1994): A British musician known for his multi-instrumental abilities and innovative music videos.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg (Politician, born 1969): A British politician serving as the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset.
  • Jacob Bertrand (Actor, born 2000): An American actor known for his role in the TV series "Cobra Kai."
  • Jacob deGrom (Baseball Player, born 1988): An American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
  • Jacob Black (Fictional Character, 2005): A character in the "Twilight" series known for his shape-shifting abilities.
  • Jacob Black ("Twilight," 2005 Book Series): A shape-shifter who belongs to the Quileute tribe and has a complicated relationship with Bella Swan.
  • Jacob ("Jacob's Ladder," 1990 Film): A Vietnam War veteran who experiences horrific hallucinations and attempts to uncover the truth about his past.
  • Jacob Portman ("Miss