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Gender: M Meaning of Obama: "bending or leaning; little beach" Origin of Obama: African; Japanese

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The surname of our new president has been been adopted as a first, for girls as well as boys, by admiring parents around the world. And the O beginning even makes it fashionable. Though Barack Obama's name derives from Kenya, Obama is also a Japanese place name and a surname that means "little beach."

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Barack Obama, US president from 2008-2016

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Obama-care, common terminology for the Affordable Care Act, a US federal statute signed into law by Barack Obama in March 2010