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

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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Bobcat108 Says:


The book Lawrence Stern wrote is actually Tristram Shandy, not Tristan as stated in the Name Info.

eveyalecia Says:


I've always really liked this name, with the nn Obie. Obadiah Stane isn't the best association, though. Plus, we used to joke around with this name in my youth group, so unfortunately it's pretty unusable for me.

Guest Says:


Obie is the cutest nickname ever so that's why I love this Bible gem.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


For some reason this name makes me picture a bright golden yellow color.