The name 'Jacob', masc. proper name, name of O.T. patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca and father of the founders of the twelve tribes, from L.L. Jacobus, from Gk. Iakobos, from Heb. Ya'aqobh, lit. "one that takes by the heel" (Gen. xxviii.12), a derivative of 'aqebh "heel."
List of saints with this name:
- Patriarch Jacob, (December 1)
- St. Jacob the deacon, son of Matthan (Sunday before Christmas December 18) Gr. Ματθάν
- St. Jacob (August 16)
- St. Jacob, Bishop of Migdonia (October 31), Gr. Μυγδονίας