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The English New Testament form of Jacob, through the French variation Gemmes of the Late Latin Iacomus, dialect variant of Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iacōbos), from Ἰακώβ (Iacōb), from Hebrew יעקב (Yaʻaqov).
- (Biblical) A book of the New Testament of the Bible, the general epistle of James.
- (Biblical) One of two Apostles, James the Greater and James the Less, often identified with James, brother of Jesus.
- A male given name popular since the Middle Ages. Also a common middle name.
- An English surname derived from the given name.
- Jacob and its variants
- pet forms: Jaime, Jamie, Jas, Jay, Jim, Jimmie, Jimmy, Jimbo, Jem, Jemmy, Jambo
- Jacob and James translate as the same name in many European languages.
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version): Matthew 4:21:
- And going from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
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