"servant of God"

Obadiah Origin and Meaning

The name Obadiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "servant of God".

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

  • Obadiahgrandson of Uzzi, brother of Michael, of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chr. 7:3)
  • Obadiahfollower of David (1 Chr. 12:9)
  • Obadiahprince in King Jehoshaphat's day (2 Chr. 17:7)
  • ObadiahLevite overseer of Temple repairers in King Josiah's day (2 Chr. 34:12)
  • Obadiahson of Azel, descendant of King Saul's son Jonathan (1 Chr. 8:38)
  • Obadiahof the House of David (1 Chr. 3:21)
  • ObadiahLevite who dwelt at Jerusalem, son of Shemaiah (1 Chr. 9:16)
  • Obadiahson of Jehiel; returned to Israel with Ezra (Ezra 8:9)
  • Obadiah ben AbrahamItalian rabbi and commentator on the Mishnah
  • Obadiah GermanU.S. Senator from New York
  • Obadiah GardnerU.S. Senator from Maine
  • Obadiah TarumbwaZimbabwean footballer
  • Obadiah Nelson "Obie" TrotterAmerican,Hungarian basketball player
  • Obadiah ben Abraham of BartenuraItalian rabbi
  • Obadiah the ProselyteItalian,Jewish convert
  • Obadiah Newcomb BushAmerican prospector; founder of the Bush dynasty
  • Obadiah Parkerstage name of Mat Weddle, American singer,songwriter
  • Obadiah ben Jacob SfornoItalian rabbi

Obadiah in Pop Culture

  • Obadiah Stanevillain in the Iron Man series
  • Obadiah Starbuckprotagonist of a series of picture books about the life of a Quaker boy on Nantucket Island
  • Obadiah PrimQuaker guardian of Anne Lovely in Susanna Centlivre's play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
  • Lieutenant Obadiah Lismahagofantastic Scottish soldier in The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) by Tobias Smollett
  • Obadiah Hakeswillcharacter in the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell