First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Oba

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Oba means "Football" and is of Nigerian origin.
  • According to a user from Trinidad and Tobago, the name Oba is of African origin and means "King".
  • A user from Florida, United States says the name Oba is of Nigerian origin and means "King Ruler".

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From Yoruba

  1. Former title of a king in Benin
  2. Now the title of a local chief in some parts of Nigeria

oba was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Guhu-Samane, Japanese, Old High German, Polish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Volapük

Notable Persons Named Oba

Oba is also known as Dave Posner and Dave Posno.


He holds the title Oba of Lagos. He has been prominent since 2003. Oba was born on October 29th, 1943 in Lagos, Nigeria.


He holds the title Oba of Lagos. He was most active from 1965 to 2003. Oba was born on June 30th, 1911 in Lagos, Nigeria. He died on March 1st, 2003.


He holds the title Oba of Lagos. His most notable accomplishments were from 1949 to 1964. Oba was born on November 13th, 1893 in Lagos, Nigeria. He breathed his last breath on July 12th, 1964.


He has had major accomplishments since 2009. Oba was born in Ugbo Kingdom.


Oba was born on May 11th, 1972 in Detroit.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Oba

Sakae Ōba is a maruei and gamagōri. Their military service ended in 1945.


Mahito Ōba is a voice acting in japan, narration, voice actor, and narrator. Mahito was born on March 4th, 1961 in Hokkaidō, Japan.


Mina Ōba is a musician. Mina was born on April 3rd, 1992 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.


Minako Oba is a writer.




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Popularity of Oba as a last name

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Common last names for Oba

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Oba U.S.
  White 6.49% 64.26%
  African American 15.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 64.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Oba

People with the last name Oba are most frequently African American or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Oba

  • How Popular is the name Oba? Oba is the 46,620th most popular name of all time. As a last name Oba was the 44,872nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Oba have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52 babies born with the first name Oba in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Oba? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Oba first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Oba is Tuesday, September 9th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Oba born? The highest recorded use of the first name Oba was in 1974 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Random Oba Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Oba is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1974.
  • Weird things about the name Oba: Your name in reverse order is Abo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aob. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Oba? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 478 people with the last name Oba.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Oba? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Oba as their last name since less than 1 person in 625k 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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