Jacob Zellweger

Male23 December 1668–8 November 1737

Brief Life History of Jacob

When Jacob Zellweger was born on 23 December 1668, in Trogen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland, his father, Konrad Zellweger, was 38 and his mother, Anna Rechsteiner, was 32. He married Katharina Oertli on 7 June 1696. He died on 8 November 1737, at the age of 68.

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Jacob Zellweger
Barbara Zuberbuehler
Marriage: 23 April 1710
Anna Zellweger
Johannes Zellweger
Barbel Zellweger
Hans Jacob Zellweger
Barbel Zellweger
Hans Jacob Zellweger
Johannes Zellweger
Sebastian Zellweger
Maria Magdalena Zellweger
Adrian Zellweger
Adrian Zellweger
Maria Magdalena Zellweger

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    23 April 1710Trogen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland
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    Name Meaning

    Biblical name, from Hebrew Yaakov. This was borne by perhaps the most important of all the patriarchs in the Book of Genesis. Jacob was the father of twelve sons, who gave their names to the twelve tribes of Israel. He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin brother of Esau. According to the story in Genesis, he was the cunning younger twin, who persuaded his brother Esau to part with his right to his inheritance in exchange for a bowl of soup (‘a mess of pottage’). Later, he tricked his blind and dying father into blessing him in place of Esau. The derivation of the name has been much discussed. It is traditionally explained as being derived from Hebrew akev ‘heel’ and to have meant ‘heel grabber’, because when Jacob was born ‘his hand took hold of Esau's heel’ (Genesis 25:26). This is interpreted later in the Bible as ‘supplanter’ Esau himself remarks, ‘Is he not rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times’ (Genesis 27:36). Jacob is especially common as a Jewish given name, although it also became very popular among the Puritans from the 16th century onwards, and has again been widely used since the 1990s. Compare James .

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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