In addition, Kobe is a variant of Jacob (Dutch, English, German, and Scandinavian) in the English and Japanese languages.
Kobe is a fairly popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1990s up to the 2000s; before that, it was of infrequent use only. At the modest height of its usage in 2001, 0.075% of baby boys were given the name Kobe. Its ranking then was #222. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.026% and its ranking #506. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Kobe, Jacob was the most popular. In 2012, its use outnumbered Kobe's by 36 times.
† English pronunciation for Kobe: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Kobe is Basketball Player Kobe Bryant, born 23 August 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.