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Gender: M Meaning of Obadiah: "servant of God" Origin of Obadiah: Hebrew

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For the seriously audacious biblical baby namer who wants to move beyond Elijah and Josiah, this name has considerable old-fangled charm. Obadiah, who gave his name to one of the shortest books in the Bible, was a rich man who had the gift of prophecy. There are several other men named Obadiah in the Bible, as well as a Saint Obadiah. There have been two prominent U.S. senators named Obadiah.

In literature, there is an Obadiah in Laurence Sterne's novel Tristan Shandy, one in Tobias Smollett's The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, and another in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers--as well as a villain in the Iron Man series.

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Famous People Named Obadiah

Obadiah ben Abraham, Italian rabbi and commentator on the Mishnah
Obadiah German, U.S. Senator from New York
Obadiah Gardner, U.S. Senator from Maine
Obadiah Tarumbwa, Zimbabwean footballer

Pop Culture References for the Name Obadiah

Obadiah Stane, villain in the Iron Man series
Obadiah Starbuck, protagonist of a series of picture books about the life of a Quaker boy on Nantucket Island
Obadiah Prim, Quaker guardian of Anne Lovely in Susanna Centlivre's play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
Lieutenant Obadiah Lismahago, fantastic Scottish soldier in The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) by Tobias Smollett
Obadiah Hakeswill, character in the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell

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