Jakob is the northern European cognate of either Jacob or James.
- Jacob is from the Latin Iacobus, which was itself from the Greek Ιακωβος (Iakobos), which was from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov). It is theorized it either has the biblical meaning of "holder of the heel" or "supplanter" or the derived from a hypothetical name like יַעֲקֹבְאֵל (Ya'aqov'el) meaning "may God protect".
- James is the english form of the Late Latin name Iacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος (Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov
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