Of Hebrew origin.

Russian and Bulgarian form of the name Jacob or James.

It’s also a Hebrew variant of Yaakov.

Alternative forms of the name are: Yasha, Yankel, Yakub, Iakovos, Koby, Jakub, Jakov, Jacopo.

Famous bearers are Yakov Protazanov, Yakov Smirnoff, Yakov Estrin.

Yakov Protazanov was a Russian film director and screenwriter.

He is considered as one of the founding fathers of the Russian cinema.