Gender: Male Meaning of Oluwatobiloba: "God is a great king" Origin of Oluwatobiloba: Yoruba

Oluwatobiloba Origin and Meaning

The name Oluwatobiloba is a boy's name of Yoruba origin meaning "God is a great king".

This Yoruba name, with a mighty meaning, might seem a mouthful at first, but is often shortened to Tobi, which makes it far more manageable for non Nigerians.

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Leolee936 Says:


I can't beLIEVE i just read the thread below with my own two E Y E S bruh. omfg.

Yara Says:


Lots of people in the UK have this name with no problems.

April Ludgate Says:


This would cause a lot of problems in English speaking countries.

nora.rosenberg Says:


It depends on the question. People using this site aren't silly. Maybe your comment was misinterpreted but it'd be better if you were more clear next time

abertawe Says:


*eyeroll* If we aren't allowed to judge any name on this site then this site's comment section is pointless. If someone can criticize Nevaeh then they can criticize this too. A name is a name, and people like some and not others.

hollyrose90 Says:


I don't believe I said anything disrespectful. How can you read disrespect in a one word question?

NaomiAurora Says:


This is very interesting.. Tobi is a cute nickname though.

Michaela Says:


And really, if "poor thing" is the rudest thing you've seen on here, that's pretty wild.

Michaela Says:


I guess you haven't been around nameberry long enough. And also there are a ton of names in the database that are either misspellings or garbled gibberish. Either it's glitches or mistakes. Again, please give me the benefit of the doubt, and if you must police, do so towards people who say actual offensive things about culture and people. Thank you.

Courtney Says:


I haven't seen other people be this rude yet, but I have expressed concerns to others. Not just you.
If the majority of people believed someone should die, that doesn't mean we kill them.
I gave you a suggestion to use a better phrase to share your opinion. I think you should do that next time to avoid conflict.
You didn't mean to offend anyone, but we are talking about someone's name so obviously it's going to effect people with that name. The initial comment wasn't considerate.
I'm asking politely that you be less negative next time. Even if you don't know if it's a "real name" or not. I couldn't see why a name would be on here if it wasn't real.

Courtney Says:


That's not how I interpreted her comments at all. Her opinion could hurt someone's feelings because of how negative it is. You should telling her to stop, not me.

Michaela Says:


You might find my earlier reply helpful: "Also, I should probably clarify that at the date I commented, the meaning and origin of this name were not even posted. So I had no way of knowing if it was a real name or not." Please give me a break.

Michaela Says:


7 people up-voted my original comment. Two people (including yourself) decided that my comment was offensive. I believe I'm going to have to go with the majority here. I never intended my comment to be rude. And you seem to be missing my point. I did not make a comment towards any person. There are so many more offensive and distasteful comments on Nameberry, why is mine being picked on as if it was intolerably offensive?

Michaela Says:


I'm sorry, I know hate is a strong word. Although, to be fair, I have seen many, many vitriolic comments with worse adjectives on the names in the database with no-one complaining against them. I just think it's odd how my comment, which was two words long and can be interpreted to be light-hearted and non-condemning, is the one that people decide to pick on.

Sunkiss Says:


Just stop, okay Courtney? You're just pushing the conflict further. She gave her opinion, you gave yours. She said repeatedly that she didn't mean it rude but wasn't keen on the name.

pamsatran Says:


Opinions are welcome, harshness and rudeness is not. Saying you "hate" a name is not a useful or productive comment -- you can be negative without being offensive. Let's move on from this particular argument but please know that we do moderate for tone.

Courtney Says:


You really butchered it there... It's more like oh-lou-wah-toe-bee-low-bah.

Courtney Says:


People that don't want to be mean care. I'd say a different word for mean but I want to keep it g-rated. Find a different way to criticize names that doesn't sound so rude, how hard would that be? I'm not the only one that thinks you are rude, so you should start getting the point now. There's a difference between saying "I don't like this name" and making a snarky remark towards the people that have it.

Michaela Says:


You know what? I don't care. If I hate the name Abigail, I'm going to say so in the comments. I personally enjoy seeing a vast array of opinions, harsh or not, on my own name. What I will never do is attack the culture, language, parents, or persons that hold a name. But I can criticize a name how I want to on this comments page. It is very different from giving someone advice or talking to someone bearing the name. I hope you understand. Also, being blunt is just who I am, I'm not going to water my opinions down for the sake of a stranger who is miffed at the possibility that someone just might be offended. Anyone who has thick skin knows that not everybody is going to have nice opinions about their name. Who cares?

Courtney Says:


It's rude because of how you stated your opinion. People with those names may not have a hard time with them at all or are proud of them, so you saying "poor thing" is really rude to those people. If you want to express how you would want that name or name your kids it then say that. Say "I wouldn't want to use that name because of how difficult it would be" that way you don't offend anyone.

Michaela Says:


I firmly believe I am not being rude. I have never said that anyone with this name shouldn't be proud of their heritage. It is great that your friend bears this name and is happy with it. Read my comments above, I am commenting on the name itself, not on the culture, the people bearing it, the parents giving it or anything. I never said it was ugly that anyone should feel ashamed for having this name. I was merely expressing humorous sympathy. I think anyone with a complicated name can relate to my comment. "Poor thing" doesn't mean: "You should be ashamed" or "Your parents are stupid". For example, there is a German name "Ermensinde" which has a gorgeous meaning. But to that name I would also say "Poor thing" because I put myself in the shoes of a little girl with that name and to me it would be difficult to bear (it's pretty unwieldy!). Same goes for another name, Gormlaith. The point of this comments page is to comment our opinions on the names and provide people with different reactions. I would never say something deliberately offensive. Just because you might know someone named Hogarth who loves his name doesn't mean I need to love and praise Hogarth as well. Thank you for letting me have my personal preference, and I will let you have yours.

Courtney Says:


Your comment is rude. I know someone with this name. He is from Nigeria. He uses that name at home and in paper work, but in Canada we all call him by a shorter name. It doesn't effect him badly at all. He is probably proud of having a name with a great meaning in his own language. In Nigeria people probably don't even mess up the spelling because they are used to it.

pam Says:


Hi all -- I'm going to let this thread stand as it accurately represents two poles of reactions to this name and others like it. @Michaela, I don't think you were being disrepectful by saying how difficult this name might be for someone living in an English speaking country, and @Skyesime98, I completely agree that respect is always in order.

Michaela Says:


Also, I should probably clarify that at the date I commented, the meaning and origin of this name were not even posted. So I had no way of knowing if it was a real name or not.

Michaela Says:


No it isn't. I'm not addressing a specific person. I'm just commenting on how difficult bearing that name in a mainly English-speaking country might be. I feel the same way towards names like Siobhan (irish), Ghislaine (french), and Qian (chinese). It's hard to live a life where no one knows how to spell or pronounce or even remember your name. I have a simple name, Michaela, and even that has never been spelled right by anyone. Thus, "poor thing."

Skyesime98 Says:


That's really disrespectful.

Skyesime98 Says:


I love how people judge names that come from cultures they are not familiar with and don't understand. Don't be disrespectful.

headintheclouds Says:


Just saw this go past the Nameberry ticker and was taken aback. It's an... interesting name that definitely leaves an impression. With its whopping six syllables, it would definitely would need to be shortened to Tobi!

beachbear Says:


Let's sound it out... Oh-LOO-wah-TOH-buh-LOH-buh!

hollyrose90 Says:



Michaela Says:


Poor thing.