US Popularity:6983
Other Origin(s):Hebrew
Meaning:Heart; Father's heart; Heart of God; Servant of God
Obi is a boy’s name of Nigerian and Hebrew origin. Obi most commonly originates from Igbo, where it translates to “heart,” “father’s heart,” or “heart of God.” In an Igbo household, the Obi often refers to the first house in the family compound where guests are received or family members come together to embrace their spiritual connection, which can easily be seen as the heart of the home. Due to this, Obi is often considered an aristocratic title, given to the eldest in the family. This name is also a popular variant of the Hebrew name Obadiah, with the religious meaning “servant of God.” Obi will also be familiar to fans of the Star Wars franchise, made famous by noble Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe and acts as one of the true hearts of the series, owing to his close mentorship with fellow protagonist Luke Skywalker.

Obi Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Obi is currently #2063 on The Bump
Boy:Obi is currently #1153 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Obi is currently #6983 in U.S. births
Boy:Obi is currently #3258 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 29
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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