Jaakko is a derivative of Jacob. It is gotten from the Latin word Lacobus, which is a name descended from the Hebrew name Yaakov and the Greek name Lakōbos. The word 'Ya'aqob' is the name's root, suggesting that the meaning of Jaakko is 'supplanting' or 'seizing by the heel'. The father of the 12 boys who eventually became the ancestor of Israel's 12 tribes is known by this name in the Bible. The meaning 'seizing by the heel', alludes to the circumstances of Jacob's birth, when he grabbed Esau, his elder twin brother, by the heel, and bought his birthright to supplant him. The name has been rather gender-specific, as it has been traditionally used to name boys. Popular in the United States and Australia, the name Jaakko has various nicknames, with Jake being the most common. A famous personality is Jaakko Tapio Tallus, a Nordic combined athlete from Finland with gold and silver medals from the 2002 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.