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

The name Obadiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "servant of God". Obadiah and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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, grandson of Uzzi, brother of Michael, of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chr. 7:3)
Obadiah, follower of David (1 Chr. 12:9)
Obadiah, prince in King Jehoshaphat's day (2 Chr. 17:7)
Obadiah, Levite overseer of Temple repairers in King Josiah's day (2 Chr. 34:12)
Obadiah, son of Azel, descendant of King Saul's son Jonathan (1 Chr. 8:38)
Obadiah, of the House of David (1 Chr. 3:21)
Obadiah, Levite who dwelt at Jerusalem, son of Shemaiah (1 Chr. 9:16)
Obadiah, son of Jehiel; returned to Israel with Ezra (Ezra 8:9)
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
Obadiah Nelson "Obie" Trotter, American-Hungarian basketball player
Obadiah ben Abraham of Bartenura, Italian rabbi
Obadiah the Proselyte, Italian-Jewish convert
Obadiah Newcomb Bush, American prospector; founder of the Bush dynasty
Obadiah Parker, stage name of Mat Weddle, American singer-songwriter
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno, Italian rabbi

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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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.