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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010



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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 655 12 643
2011 567 14 553
2012 536 13 523
2013 563 14 549
2014 526 14 512
2015 472 7 465

Fun Facts about the name Kobe

  • How many people with the first name Kobe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,030 babies born with the first name Kobe in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kobe to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • 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 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kobe ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 13 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1998.
  • 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 Ebok. 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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Popularity of Kobe as a first 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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kobe" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kobe as well as things modernly associated with the name Kobe such as celebrities named Kobe.


Origin and Meaning of Kobe

The name "Kobe" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Supplanter". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 With the Name Kobe

Kobe Bryant

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

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


Kobe Freddy

Kobe Freddy is an athlete for the US Bitam.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kobe

Gail 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

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


Boris Kobe

Boris Kobe was a famed person 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

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


Primoz Kobe

Primoz Kobe is a famed person. Primoz was born on May 23rd, 1981.


What does the name Kobe mean?

Kis for kid, the child within.

Ois for openness, it's refreshing!

Bis for brilliance, your vivacity for life.

Eis for explorer, always ready for the next journey

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