Obi Name Meaning

Japanese: written with characters meaning ‘small tail’, the name could possibly mean ‘sash’ as well. It is not common in Japan, and could be habitational, from a castle in Hyuga (now Miyazaki prefecture), though the castle’s name was written with different characters.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Oki, Oba, Nii, Ori, Ota, Bodi, Rubi, Chi, Orr, Ott

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Obi Family Origin

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Obi Family Occupations

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In 1939, Custain Rail Packer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Obi. 50% of Obi men worked as a Custain Rail Packer

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Custain Rail Packer
  • Hotel Valet

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Obi Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 856 census records available for the last name Obi. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Obi census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 129 military records available for the last name Obi. For the veterans among your Obi ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Obi Life Expectancy

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Between 1968 and 2002, in the United States, Obi life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Obi in 1968 was 55, and 59 in 2002.

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