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Origins of the Jacob surname

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About the Jacobs

We have a total number of 33541 records for people with the last name Jacob.

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Where do most Jacobs live?

In 1921, most Jacobs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Jacobs

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 25,900 records for the Jacob surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Jacobs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Jacob first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Jacob family members

Common jobs for Jacobs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Jacobs in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Private Means


Common Male occupations for Jacobs in 1921


Agricultural Labourer








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