The name Jake ranked 96th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 419th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name was popular earlier in the 20th century, then fell off in usage, but has begun making a comeback in recent years.
In the Jewish scriptures, Jacob was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca.
With his mother's help, Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing (and the inheritance that went with it) to which his elder brother Esau was entitled. In his rage, Esau cried ''Is he not rightly called Jacob? For he has supplanted me.''