Names Like Jacob

September 3rd, 2012

Jacob is one with widespread appeal.  It must be, if it’s overtaken the number one spot for 13 years running.  What is it that we love about Jacob so much?

  • We love his ancient, Judeo-Christian, venerable history.
  • We love his homespun quality.
  • We love his snappy, friendly nickname.
  • We love his J.
Here are some lesser used stalwarts that encompass one or more of the above qualities.  Have any more suggestions for Jacob lovers?  Do share please!














Brothers:  Asa, Boaz, Clyde, Moses, Phineas

Sisters:  Dinah, Harriet, Opal, Susannah, Willa


Image: “Interior with Jacob and Esau” by Hendrik Martensz Sorgh

22 Responses to “Names Like Jacob”

  1. Krysta Says:

    I love Jonas. LOVE IT! My husband thinks it has been ruined by The Jonas Brothers but I disagree.

  2. Rita Says:

    Joachim is so underused. I think it’s quite dashing, plus the nickname Jock.

    Jacob / Jake make me think of-
    David (Dave)
    Gabriel (Gabe)
    Raphael (Rafe)
    Nathan (Nate)
    Abraham (Abe, Bram)
    Ezekiel (Zeke)

  3. Kayt Says:

    I love Jonas and Ezra. Gideon’s another one of my favorites.

  4. Julie Says:

    Other Biblical “J”s with Jacob’s familiarity, but not his popularity.
    Jared, Jesse, Judah, Josiah, Joel.

    “J” Biblical obscurities:
    Jair, Javan, Jael, Jabez, Justus.

    These just feel like brothers for Jacob:
    Simon, Callum, Jasper, Ari, Elias, Levi

    Biblical names I ove and that don’t get used often enough:
    Gilead, Hiram, Boaz, Kenan, Hosea

  5. Jennifer Says:

    In highschool I had a classmate named Jericho. I always thought that was kind of interesting.

  6. Vanessa Says:

    Not really sure if this is the right Place to post this but I need opinions!! I’m due to have my second son and we can’t seem to agree on a name! Our first son is Bronson Ryder. Hubby and I can’t make up our minds on either Becker Easton or Brandt Easton. Please help!! Thank you!!!

  7. evangelia Says:

    i keep waiting for Jabez to skyrocket

  8. Rachel Says:

    Asher, Ezra, and Silas are all contenders if I ever have a son

  9. Rachel Says:

    i don’t know if you want comments from other random readers, but since you said you wanted opinions–out of those two names, I think I prefer Brandt.

  10. Lashley Says:

    I don’t usually nix names for the “kids will make fun of it” reason (in fact, I usually get annoyed when people pull that one out), but Becker is asking for trouble from boys. Unless you’re really attached to it, I’d nix it for the same reason I wouldn’t support naming a boy Wenis. I like Brandt!

  11. Vanessa Says:

    Thank you ladies!! Lashley, we actually decided to nix Becker for that exact reason!

  12. Kara Says:

    Jacob (nickname Jake) was our boy name. We ended up with 3 girls so we never got to use it.

    As far as my opinion regarding Vanessa’s post: I definitely prefer Brandt to Becker. I’m with others who said “Becker” reminds them of a particular male body part (pecker). Just my opinion….

  13. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Yes, like the others said, 100 times Brandt! Good luck. :-)

  14. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Zeke for Ezekiel! Rafe for Raphael! Brilliant subs for Jake/Jacob.

  15. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    I don’t think the memory of the Jonas brothers will be very long. I like to think of filmmaker Jonas Mekas.

  16. Vanessa Says:

    Now the question is….Brandt because it’s a nice name OR because it’s just better than Becker???? Im open to suggestions if anyone has input as to a name that would go well with his brother (Bronson Ryder) last name is short and starts with a “P”. Having a VERY difficult time with this one! Please help :)

  17. Lashley Says:

    I do think Brandt is a nice name. I also like Bennett if you’re sticking to ones that start with B.

  18. Vanessa Says:

    Doesn’t need to begin with a B. just happens to be what we’ve been drawn to but open to anything that isn’t super common!! I like Bennett. May run that by the hubby. Thanks Lashley!!

  19. kg Says:

    beckett? i think beckett easton and bronson ryder make a good pair. brandt is nice but i like a 2 syllable name better and i think becks is a cute nickname. cute like david beckham :)

  20. Linnea Says:

    I love Joakim… the Swedish version of Joachim, pronounced Yoo-a-kim.

  21. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Beckett is a great suggestion! Beckett, Brandt, or Bennett are all very nice. I love that you’re looking toward a different ending letter this time.

  22. Lauren Says:

    I know a little Beck and a Beckett… but Becker… I agree with Lashley.

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