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Jacobs is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Jacob. The surname Jacobs referred to the son of Jacob which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

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The surname Jacobs was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Jacobs has been recorded under many different variations, including Jacobs, Jacob and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jacobs research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1597, 1666, 1640, 1641, 1620, 1692, 1692, 1692, 1692, 1623, 1692 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Jacobs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 177 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jacobs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jacobs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jacobs or a variant listed above:

Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Cathalina Jacobs, aged 24, landed in New Netherland(s) in 1639
  • Brechtgen Jacobs, aged 45, landed in New York in 1642
  • Tryntje Jacobs, who landed in New York in 1650
  • Anna Jacobs, who arrived in New York in 1658
  • Epke Jacobs, who landed in New York in 1659


Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Barth Jacobs, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Philip Jacobs, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Adam Jacobs, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Adam Jacobs, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Conrad Jacobs, who arrived in America in 1780


Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Jacobs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Israel Benjamin Jacobs, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1803
  • Rosina Jacobs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Thomas Jacobs, aged 47, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • John Jacobs, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812


Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jake Jacobs, who landed in Mississippi in 1900
  • David Jacobs, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Jacobs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ralph Jacobs, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Jacobs, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • David Jacobs, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Joseph Jacobs, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Andrew Jacobs, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836


Jacobs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Jacobs arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Sarah Jacobs arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Nathan Jacobs arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1858
  • William Jacobs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • William George Jacobs, aged 43, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873


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  • Ron Jacobs (1937-2016), American broadcaster, author, record producer and concert promoter, co-creator of the countdown show American Top 40
  • Ron Jacobs (1942-2015), American basketball coach, WCC Coach of the Year (1980), PBA Coach of the Year (1997) and inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Hershel Jacobs (1940-2015), American light heavyweight boxing contender
  • Henry Sandy Jacobs (1924-2015), American sound artist and humorist
  • Jane Jeanette Jacobs (1924-2015), née Badini, an American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher who played from 1944 to 1946
  • Thomas Michael Jacobs (1926-2014), American Olympic Nordic skier at the 1952 Winter Olympics
  • Brigadier-General Fenton Stratton Jacobs (1892-1966), American Commanding General Channel Base Section, US European Theater of Operations (1944-1945)
  • Joseph J. Jacobs (1916-2004), founder of Jacobs Engineering Group, an American engineering and construction firm
  • Hirsch Jacobs (1904-1970), American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner
  • Helen Hull Jacobs (1908-1997), American female tennis player, winner of ten Grand Slam titles

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  • A History and Genealogy of the Pritchett, Rimmer, Jacobs, et al by Dorothy Symmonds.
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The Jacobs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jacobs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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