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About the Obama surname

It is an African (Luo) surname. The origin of the name is based on the Luo verb that means “to be bent” or “to be twisted.”[1] It is not an uncommon Luo surname. The name comes from Swahili and refers to members of the Luo tribe who converted to Islam.

Obama (小浜) is also a Japanese surname literally meaning "little beach"[4]. The Obama clan (小浜氏) were a samurai clan of feudal Japan.