What does Obi-Wan Kenobi mean?

Dear Sara,

What does Obi-Wan Kenobi mean or is it just some cool sounding syllables with no particular meaning?

Thank you for your time,

obi wan kenobi, obi wan kenobi meaning, star wars names, meaning of star wars namesDear Amar,

There are a number of possibilities for the roots of Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi’s name. Ben in Hebrew means son. As an example David ben Gurian meant David son of Gurian , so Obi-Wan would have been the son of Kenobi. Yet it is only after he is called upon by Luke that he calls himself Old-Ben. He asks Luke to call him just “Ben”, which can be linked to Obi-Wan and his old master as a man who loses his father figure.

While an obi in Japanese is the name for a ceremonial belt in karate and has a certain cool factor, in Swahili obi means soul or heart and I think that is what George Lucas was aiming for here.

Ken or Kenne comes from German, and means to know, to understand, so Kenobi or Kenne obi means “to know heart”, so put it all together, and Obi-Wan Kenobi means: “to lose ones heart to know ones heart”

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