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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.

In literature, there is an Obadiah in Laurence Sterne's novel Tristan Shandy, and another in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Obadiah

Obadiah Stane, villain in the movie Iron Man (2008)
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

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