Jacobs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

"The medieval surname was not Jewish. Jacob is found before the Conquest as the name of an ecclesiastic. After the Conquest, it is impossible to decide how common the name was as the Latin Jacobus was used for both Jacob and James." [1]

Early Origins of the Jacobs family

The surname Jacobs was first found in Huntingdonshire where Jacob (with no forename) was listed c. 1250. The same rolls included Walter Jacob. Agnes Jacobes was found in Bedfordshire in 1244 and Alan Jacob was listed in the Feet of Fines for Kent in 1324. [1]

"Nicholas Jacob was rector of Burgh in 1419; and William Jacob was a cavalier of Mendham in 1642; the name was also represented in Creeting in Suffolk in 1648. In the reign of Edward I. we find this name in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and Oxfordshire." [2]

Early History of the Jacobs family

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Jacobs Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Jacobs family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Jacob (1563-1624), an English Sectary, born in 1563, the son of John Jacob, yeoman, of Cheriton, Kent (parish register). [3] George Jacobs, Sr. (c.1620-1692), was accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1692, and was found guilty and hanged on August 19, 1692. A painting entitled "Trial of George Jacobs, August 5, 1692" by Thompkins H. Matteson was based on the accounts of Jacobs' granddaughter. Robert Jacob (d. 1588), was an English physician, eldest son of Giles Jacob of London, was entered at Merchant Taylors' School on 21 Jan. 1563-1564. [3] Sir John Jacob, 1st...
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Ireland Migration of the Jacobs family to Ireland

Some of the Jacobs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Jacobs migration to the United States +

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, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1639 [4]
  • Brechtgen Jacobs, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1642 [4]
  • Tryntje Jacobs, who landed in New York in 1650 [4]
  • Anna Jacobs, who arrived in New York in 1658 [4]
  • Epke Jacobs, who landed in New York in 1659 [4]
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Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barth Jacobs, who arrived in New York in 1709 [4]
  • Philip Jacobs, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
  • Adam Jacobs, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Adam Jacobs, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [4]
  • Conrad Jacobs, who arrived in America in 1780 [4]
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Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Jacobs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [4]
  • Israel Benjamin Jacobs, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1803 [4]
  • Rosina Jacobs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [4]
  • Thomas Jacobs, aged 47, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [4]
  • John Jacobs, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
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Jacobs Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jake Jacobs, who landed in Mississippi in 1900 [4]
  • David Jacobs, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [4]

Canada Jacobs migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jacobs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. W. Jacobs, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wandsworth" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In May 1847 [5]

Australia Jacobs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jacobs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Jacobs, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Jacobs, British convict who was convicted in Southampton, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Ralph Jacobs, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Jacobs, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • David Jacobs, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
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New Zealand Jacobs migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jacobs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Jacobs, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Sarah Jacobs, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mr. Jonathon Jacobs, (b. 1806), aged 49, British agricultural labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • Mrs. Anne Jacobs, (b. 1817), aged 38, British laundress travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • Miss Harriet Jacobs, (b. 1842), aged 13, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Jacobs (post 1700) +

  • Kristin Diane Jacobs (1959-2020), American politician who served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • James Barrett Jacobs (1947-2020), American Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts at New York University School of Law
  • Irwin L Jacobs (b. 1941), American entrepreneur and former CEO of Genmar Holdings, which at one time was billed as the world's largest boat-building company
  • Judith "Judy" Jacobs (1939-2016), American politician
  • 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
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HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert Edward Jacobs (1898-1945), English Gunnery Officer from Portchester, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, later lost in 1945 [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • E. Jacobs, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
  • Walter Arthur Charles Jacobs (1919-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Liba Bella Jacobs, English 3rd Class passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Jacobs +

  • 110 A History and Genealogy of the Pritchett, Rimmer, Jacobs, et al by Dorothy Symmonds.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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