Meaning of the name Jacob

Posted in Insightson Oct 14, 2006

Jacob has been a very popular name over the last couple of years. Of course, I was named Jacob before it was quite so popular. The meaning of the name Jacob is Held by the heel and has Hebrew origins.

I’m not really sure what that means, “held by the heel.” I mean, I can envision someone being held by their heel, but I’m not really sure what the significance of it is.

Jacob is a biblical name. It is used in the Old Testament, and also in certain translations of the New Testament. It is also used in the Book of Mormon.



October 28th, 2006 at 7:59 pm

Name meaning of Jacob – Held by the Heel. It is also explained as the Supplanter. Which means to take the place of.


October 31st, 2006 at 12:01 pm

All I can think of is that it referres to the bible story where jacob was born grabbing Esau’s heel, and that it had later reference to his assumption of the birthright. 🙂


December 12th, 2006 at 8:29 pm

apparently a famous twin jacob (maybe son of abraham or something like that) was holding his brother’s heel when he came out…


January 22nd, 2007 at 11:25 pm

The name also means supplanted… Jacob was the 2nd born twin. He was grabbing the heel of his brother trying to be the first born. Jacob ends up taking the place of the first born in the since that he gets the blessings that where meant for the first born; his brother Esau.

Big J

July 26th, 2007 at 7:28 am

Held by the heel means – he who is like God.


October 11th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Jacob is my name and I think is means God or amazing person.


November 25th, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Jacob is my name and I think it means ‘He who makes things up that aren’t even close to the meaning of his name.’


January 21st, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Jacob and his older twin were sons of Isaac (who was the son of Abraham)


June 16th, 2008 at 7:52 am

it means i love lamp


September 7th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

There is an excellent explanation of “heel holder” on Wikipedia.


October 28th, 2008 at 1:38 am

Hi. As a bible fan, (and someone who’s nephew has just been named Jacob, and is therefore online looking for alternative definitions – I’m sure their are some), I can tell you that the terms “held by the heel”, or “supplanter” in the original Hebrew context mean “deciever”. It was a prophetic name; Jacob decieved/wrestled from his brother Esau his birthright (regarding inheritance) and tricked his blind father into giving him Esau’s blessing, as Issac (Jacob and Esau’s father), was on his deathbed. Later, Jacob himself was decieved by his father-in-law into working fourteen years for the girl he loved; Rachel. However, God so blessed Jacob that he made his father-in-law a rich man, and then gave the father-in-law’s wealth to Jacob during those fourteen years.

In the biblical account, Jacob went on to wrestle with an angel for a change of name, until the angel said “let me go, my shift is over” (paraphrase), told Jacob “you have fought with God and with men and won”, and was given a new name; “Israel”. Israel became the father of the twelve sons, who are the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel (and whom, I’m told, modern Jews can still date their ancestory back to). Israel was chosen by God to be a light (an example/ambassador/leader) to the nations – and it was prophesied that salvation would come through their nation (a promise which christians, such as myself, believe to have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ). But interesting, many Christian and Hebrew (Jewish) stories and songs (including the bible itself), still refer to God as “the God of Abraham [Jacob’s grandfather], Issac, and Jacob – using Israel’s original name.

Although this explaination is merely my understanding of the biblical account (and therefore is most like skewed by my limited knowledge (for example, consider the 4000-year generation gap and culture difference), I think one more point is worth noting; it is so like God to take something or someone the world considers “a deciever” and turn it into something/one who God would use as an example, to demonstrate His attempts to gain back the affection of the world, and help over 4000 years of generations live life the best way possible.


December 6th, 2010 at 3:22 am

Recently I read this in a good book about origin of names:

Jakob came from hebrew; Yahaqobh, composed of two words: Yahve, or shorter Yah, meaning God, and Aqobh, meaning Heel. So the author believes that Jakob is someone following the tracks of God.


January 5th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Held by the heel means imperfect. As in mythology Achilles was held by the heel when he was dipped in the fountain therefore his heel was his weakness


January 19th, 2012 at 5:57 am

i think jacob Means May God protect, God’s love, held by the heal. choose the one you like.

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