What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

We hope you enjoyed our first “What’s in a Name” blog post last week. Josie and Jacob are brother and sister and their birthdays are a month apart. They each got as a gift their own birthday banners for their rooms. Josie loves her birthday princess banner and Jacob has fun showing off his soccer birthday banner to his friends.

Jacob’s parents each made their own list of baby names. Since he was the first born the search was long. Mom and Dad shared their lists but unfortunately neither of them liked the others. One day they decided on Jacob and that was that!

According to behindthename.com Jacob is pronounced JAY-keb and other variations are Jaycob and Jakob (Swedish/Norwegian/Danish). Wikipedia states that Jacob was the most popular boys name in the US from 1999 to 2012. It is derived from the Greek name lakobos and Hebrew name Yaakov. In the old testament his name is explained as the ‘holder of heel’ or ‘supplanter’.

Here are some famous people named Jacob according to Babynamefacts.com:

JACOB ABBOTT, Author
JACOB D. BEAM, Diplomat
JACOB BELL, football player
JACOB BENDER, football player
JACOB BIGELOW, Botanist
JACOB BRUMFIELD, baseball player
JACOB CLEAR, 2008 Olympic athlete – Australia – Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
JACOB CRUZ, baseball player
JACOB EPSTEIN, Sculptor
JACOB FIGNER, football player
JACOB FORD, football player
JACOB GIBB, 2008 Olympic athlete – United States – Beach Volleyball
JACOB H. GILBERT, Politician
JACOB GRIFFIN, football player

This is Jacob’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Jacob or any variation of the name? It is a very popular name!

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your “how I named my baby” story.

Stay tuned for Josie’s story next week 🙂
Helen

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