Other Origin(s):Swahili
Meaning:Supplanter; Holder of the heel; Tortoise
Koby is a masculine name with Hebrew and Swahili roots. Traditionally used as a nickname for Jakob, this name translates to “supplanter” or “holder of the heel,” making for an adorable alternative to a classic moniker. It comes from the biblical figure Jacob, who was born holding the heel of his older twin brother Esau—a meaningful choice if baby will have older siblings welcoming them to the family. Koby also has Swahili origins, translating to “tortoise.” In Swahili culture, the tortoise symbolizes both cleverness and mischief, and is sure to help your bundle of joy embrace their lighthearted, trickster side. Whether your little one is the youngest of your family or a future quick wit, the name Koby is a memorable choice.
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