Jacobsen (surname)

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Region of origin Norway, Denmark
Meaning "son of Jacob"
Other names
Variant(s) Jacobson

Jacobsen is a Danish-Norwegian patronymic surname meaning "son of Jacob". The prefix derives from the biblical given name Yaakov ("supplanter" or "follower"). The cognate Jakobsen is less common. The English language patronymic surname Jacobson is a parallel form, of which the earliest records are found in Huntingdon in 1244.[1] Scandinavian immigrants to English-speaking countries often changed the spelling to Jacobson in order to accommodate English orthographic rules. Notable people with the surname include:

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  1. ^ "Surname Jacobsen". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 2008-02-05.