Often used as a variation of Jack and John, the name Jake is also an abbreviated version of Jacob. In the Bible, Jacob steals the birthright of, or supplants, his twin brother, Esau, as well as the blessing of their father, Isaac. Jake has become a name in itself—some parents are skipping over Jacob and putting “Jake” on their son’s birth certificate. And why not? Jake is confident, daring and something of a renegade, just like actor Jake Gyllenhaal (birth name: Jacob), at least in his movie roles.
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Possibly the only kangaroo mouse ever depicted on film, Jake is a character in “The Rescuers Down Under” who’s partial to wearing Western clothing like a cowboy. Since “Down Under” refers to Australia, and kangaroos are indigenous to the continent, Jake’s character makes a lot of sense. But he’s no shy mouse; in fact, he’s a tough guy who knows his way around a lasso and a boomerang (except when it comes to Bianca, a pretty female mouse from the US).
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