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The surname Jacoby was first found in Silesia, where the name was an integral part of a feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region. In the Middle Ages, the name referred back to the Apostel Jacobus, whose grave in Spain was a popular goal for pilgrimage. These pilgrims from Germany became known as "Jacobsbrueder" (Jacobs-brothers).

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jacobsen, Jacobson, Jacobs, Jacobse, Jacob, Jacober, Jacobi, Jacobie, Jacoby, Jacobsohn, Jacobssohn, Jakobs, Jakober, Jakobsohn, Jacobsson, Jakobsson, Jakobssohn, Jakobsen, Jakobi, Jakobson, Jakobie and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jacoby research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1817, 1685, 1734, 1743, 1819, 1740 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Jacoby History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jacoby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jost Jacoby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Ernst Jacoby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johann Nickel Jacoby, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johann Peter Jacoby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Conrad Jacoby, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764


Jacoby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Jacoby, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Charles Jacoby to Philadelphia in 1840
  • Henry Edward Jacoby to Philadelphia in 1842
  • Wolf Marcus Jacoby, who landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Otto Jacoby, who landed in New York, NY in 1850


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  • Morris Jacoby, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 22nd District, 1893
  • J. W. Jacoby, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940
  • Florence W. Jacoby, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1924, 1928
  • Daniel Jacoby, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1972
  • Abram Jacoby, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1877-78
  • Aaron L. Jacoby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1960
  • A. Jacoby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1868
  • Harold Jacoby (1865-1932), American astronomer
  • Coleman Jacoby (1915-2010), American comedy writer for radio and television
  • Donald Jacoby, American ice dancer

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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