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Obama Last Name Meaning

Currently there's a lot of interest in the meaning and origin of the Obama last name mostly due to the emergence of President-Elect Barack Obama who was born in Hawaii, US as a world leader. Barack Obama's father (Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.) was born in Kenya, within a tribal group called the Luo (also called Jaluo and Joluo). In the Luo language the word 'Obama' means 'to be slightly bent' or 'to be twisted'. The family name 'Obama' is a name that has been passed down from at least as far back as Barack Obama's Grandfather. It is likely that the Obama last name was first derived from a personal trait or characteristic which was combined with a given first name.

From: The Oxford Names Companion, Oxford University Press

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