Post by RobbK1 on Jan 16, 2017 2:37:08 GMT
Indeed, this source has a list of the top 100 boys' names in Scotland, and Jake is #72 in 2016; it was #58 or #54 in 2015 (depending on the source), #59 in 2014 and #76 in 2013. For some reason I expected it to be in a higher position. Still, Jake is often a diminutive of Jacob, who is #11 in 2016; it was #11 or #10 in 2015 (depending on the source), #19 in 2014 and #20 in 2013. Then there's the name Jack, who is #1 on every list since 2008: non-English speakers often mistake it for Jake (or vice versa) due to similar spelling and pronunciation, plus the name Jack may also derive from Jacob.
Anyway, you are right that it may be a reference to the "Uncle Jake" we know, and I'm listing it as such in my notes of stories that refer to Barks and/or Rosa. I hope to finish my list soon so that I can make it public.