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Origin and Meaning of Obi

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  • A user from Illinois, United States says the name Obi is of English origin and means "GOD".
  • A submission from Nigeria says the name Obi means "Mind".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Obi is of Nigerian origin and means "Heart".
  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Obi means "Servant Of God" and is of English origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun O"bi
  1. A species of sorcery, probably of African origin, practiced among the negroes of the West Indies. Alt. spell.: obe obeah
  2. A charm or fetich.(West Indies)

Etymology: Prob. of African origin

noun O"bi
A sash, esp. the long belt-like broad sash of soft material worn by women aound the waist when wearing a traditional kimono, and usually having a large bow at the back.

Etymology: Jap

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas
  2. (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery

From Japanese 帯, おび.

  1. A sash worn with a kimono.
  2. A strip of paper looped around a book or other product.

    obi was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Japanese, Latin, and Volapük

    Notable Persons Named Obi

    Obi was born in 1938.


    Obi Ndefo is an actor and television actor.


    Obi Ikechukwu Charles is an athlete for the UiTM F.C., PK-35 Vantaa, Sabah United FC, Boavista F.C., Doxa Katokopias F.C., FC Suðuroy, Yangon United F.C., and Shan United F.C. Obi was born in Nigeria.


    Obi Asika is a creative industries entrepreneur, record label executive, and television & live event executive producer. Obi was born on October 3rd, 1968 in Onitsha.


    Obi Metzger is a soccer player for the Atlantis FC, Ports Authority F.C., Mighty Blackpool F.C., Racing Beirut, Tampereen Peli-Pojat-70, MFK Topvar Topoľčany, FC Viikingit, FC Haka, and Sierra Leone national football team. Obi was born on September 19th, 1987 in Freetown.


    Obi Ezeh is an athlete. Obi was born on February 2nd, 1988 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Obi

    Joel Obi is a soccer player for the Torino F.C., Inter Milan, S.S.D. Parma Calcio 1913, and Nigeria national football team. Joel was born on May 22nd, 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria.


    Peter Obi is a Governor of Anambra State and List of Governors of Anambra State. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to 2014. Peter was born on July 19th, 1961 in Onitsha.


    Chike Obi was a political fiction mathematician. Chike was born on April 17th, 1921 in Anambra. He died in 2008.


    Saint was born in 16 in Nigeria. Saint is also known as Nwafor and Obinna (birth name).


    Ngemba Obi is a soccer player for the SV Heimstetten, SC Fürstenfeldbruck, and Nigeria national football team. Ngemba was born on May 29th, 1985 in Owerri.


    Luther Obi is a rugby player. Luther was born on April 29th, 1993 in Aba, Abia.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Obi U.S.
      White 7.84% 64.26%
      African American 85.17% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.93% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 3.35% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.35% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.35% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Obi

    People with the last name Obi are most frequently African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Obi

    • How Popular is the name Obi? Obi is the 37,956th most popular name of all time. As a last name Obi was the 19,296th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Obi have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 91 babies born with the first name Obi in the United States. That's more than enough people named Obi to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Obi? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2007 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Obi first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Obi is Sunday, June 14th, 1885.
    • What year had the most people named Obi born? The highest recorded use of the first name Obi was in 2009 with a total of 14 babies.
    • Random Obi Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Obi is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2009.
    • Weird things about the name Obi: Your name in reverse order is Ibo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oib. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Obi? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,403 people with the last name Obi.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Obi? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Obi as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • 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).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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