Jacob derives from the Latin Iacobus, which was from the Greek Ιακωβος (Iakobos), which was from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov) (Jacob or Yakov). In many Germanic-Nordic and Slavic languages, there is no distinction between Jacob and James.
In the works of Harry Turtledove, Jacob may refer to:
Characters whose first name is Jacob:
- Jacob Colleton, fictional Confederate soldier in The Great War: American Front.
- Jacob Dreyfus, fictional French detective, a POV in "Before the Beginning".
- Jacob Gaus, historical Confederate soldier appearing in Fort Pillow.
- Jacob Klein, employee of Crosstime Traffic in In High Places.
- Jacob Korczak, fictional character in "In This Season."
- Jakub Shlayfer, stage persona of Veit Harlan, POV of "Shtetl Days".
Characters whose last name begins with Jacob:
- Richard Taylor Jacob, historical Kentucky politician appearing in The Guns of the South.
- Jacobs (Worldwar), fictional American soldier, minor character in Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance.
- Clara Jacobs, fictional coffee shop waitress in Southern Victory.
- Hal Jacobs, fictional shoemaker and spy in Southern Victory.
- Stan Jacoby, fictional reporter in "The R-Strain".
Characters whose first name is Jake:
- Jake Featherston, important fictional Confederate POV character in Southern Victory.
- Jake Hoyland, fictional US Army officer, minor character in The Great War: American Front.
- Jake Snow, fictional hunter in "The Green Buffalo".
Characters whose first name is Yakov:
- Yakov (Next Year in Jerusalem), member of the Second Irgun, POV of "Next Year in Jerusalem".
- Yakov Benyaminovich, a dentist and minor character in The Hot War: Fallout.
- Yakov Donskoi, fictional Soviet diplomatic interpreter, minor character in Worldwar: Striking the Balance.
Characters named Iacomo, Italian version of Jacob or James:
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