Jakob History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jakob family

The surname Jakob 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).

Early History of the Jakob family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jakob research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1817, 1685, 1734, 1743, 1819, 1740 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Jakob History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jakob Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Jakob family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Jakob were Gunther Jacob (1685-1734), who was a Bohemian composer. A Benedictine monk in Prague, he was known for his 30 masses, four oratorios, and 100 other sacred works. Friedrich Heinrich...
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United States Jakob migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jakob Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Jakob, who settled in America in 1738
  • Philip Jakob, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
Jakob Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johs Jakob, aged 27, who landed in America in 1853 [1]
  • Amalie Jakob, who arrived in North America in 1864 [1]
  • Louis, Jakob Sr., who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870 [1]
  • Abraham Jakob, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jakob (post 1700) +

  • Walter Jakob Gehring (1939-2014), Swiss developmental biologist, winner of the Balzan Prize for Developmental Biology in 2002
  • Ernst Jakob Renz (1815-1892), German founder of Circus Olympic in 1842, now named Circus Renz
  • Hans Jakob Reiter (1921-1992), Austrian mathematician
  • Johann Jakob Engel (1741-1802), German author, tutor to Friedrich Wilhelm III, and director of the Royal Theater
  • Johann Jakob Moser (1701-1785), German jurist
  • Gottlieb Jakob Planck (1751-1833), German Protestant divine and historian
  • Johann Jakob Biedermann (1763-1830), Swiss painter and etcher
  • Johann Jakob Scherer (1825-1878), Swiss politician
  • Heinz Jakob Althoff (b. 1894), German writer
  • Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779-1848), Swedish chemist considered one of the fathers of modern chemistry

  1. ^ 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)

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