From the Latin word, Lacobus, and the Greek word Lakobos, meaning 'supplanter', 'held by the heel', or 'leg-puller', the name Jaako is a variation of the biblical name Jacob or James. The meaning of Jaako is 'supplanter' or 'heel-grabber'; from the circumstances that surrounded the birth of Jacob when he grabbed his elder twin brother, Esau’s heel bought his birthright to supplant him. The name has been rather gender-specific; it is a name commonly used for boys. However, the name is also a surname around Europe, especially Finland. A common variation of Jaako is Jaakko, which derives from the biblical names Jacob and James. It is believed that those names Jaako are often patient, eccentric, and easy-going. A famous personality the name is Jaakko Tapio Tallus, a Nordic combined athlete from Finland who won a combined three medals in 2002 and 2006.