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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kobe

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  • According to a user from Taiwan, the name Kobe is of Japanese origin and means "God's House".

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  1. A port city in Japan on Osaka Bay in southern Honshu; was damaged by an earthquake in 1995

From Japanese 神戸 (こうべ, Kōbe).

  1. A city in Honshū, Japan, capital of Hyōgo prefecture.
  2. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Kobe

Kobe Bryant is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 1996. Kobe was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia.


Kobe Paras is a basketball player. Kobe was born on September 19th, 1997 in Quezon City.


Kobe Freddy is an athlete for the US Bitam.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kobe

Gail Kobe was an actor, television producer, and actress. Her career lasted from 1955 to 1988. Gail was given the name Gabriella Joyce Kobe on March 19th, 1932 in Hamtramck, Wayne County, Michigan, U.S. She died on August 1st, 2013.


Masahiko Kobe is a chef. Masahiko was born on October 15th, 1969 in Yamanashi, Yamanashi.


Boris Kobe was a in the fields of architecture, painting, illustrating, and illustration. Boris was born on October 9th, 1905 in Ljubljana. He died on May 3rd, 1981.


Takumi Kobe is an athlete. Takumi was born on February 23rd, 1985 in Ushiku, Ibaraki.


Primoz was born on May 23rd, 1981.


How popular is the baby name Kobe in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1989 5 0 5
1995 9 0 9
1996 87 0 87
1997 363 13 350
1998 1,116 12 1,104
1999 883 23 860
2000 1,457 25 1,432
2001 1,571 19 1,552
2002 1,408 16 1,392
2003 1,227 15 1,212
2004 633 8 625
2005 449 6 443
2006 480 11 469
2007 581 9 572
2008 745 15 730
2009 697 12 685
2010 656 12 644
2011 567 14 553
2012 538 13 525
2013 565 14 551
2014 533 14 519
2015 472 7 465
2016 603 20 583
2017 544 17 527

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Popularity of Kobe as a first name

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Popularity of Kobe as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kobe U.S.
  White 88.39% 64.26%
  African American 3.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kobe

People with the last name Kobe are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kobe

  • How Popular is the name Kobe? Kobe is the 1,891st most popular name of all time. As a last name Kobe was the 29,019th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kobe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,189 babies born with the first name Kobe in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kobe to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kobe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kobe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kobe is Friday, January 6th, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Kobe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kobe was in 2001 with a total of 1,552 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kobe!
  • Random Kobe Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kobe ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 14 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Kobe: Your name in reverse order is Ebok. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oekb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kobe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 818 people with the last name Kobe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kobe? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kobe as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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