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Nobu is often a nickname for longer names both for boys and girls. It's generally just used for a name when it's the first part of the name, but I'll include some name examples with it at both ends.

Some kanji possibilites for Nobu are:
-faith/believe
-joy
-stretch
-declare/preach

Some girls' names with "nobu":
Nobuko
Nobue
Shinobu

Some boys' names with Nobu:
Nobuaki
Nobuichi
Nobuo
Nobushige
Nobuto
Nobuhiko
Nobuhiro
Nobumasa
Nobumichi
Nobumitsu
Nobuyuki
Nobuyoshi
Akinobu
Katsunobu
Takanobu
Tadanobu
Hidenobu
Hironobu
Masanobu
Michinobu
Mitsunobu
Motonobu
Yoshinobu

There is a famous radio pastor (well famous in church circles anyway) named Nobumichi Murakami whose kanji are "preach/declare the Way"... Very appropriate for a pastor.
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-- abbasdaughter  12/27/2005
A character in the book "Memoirs of a Geisha" is named Nobu. He owns an electric company I think. I haven't read the book in quite some time.
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2006
Indeed, there is a character in the novel/movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" called Nobu, a shortened version of his name. He's the co-owner of Iwamura Electric, named for his business partner, Iwamura Ken, aka The Chairman as he's known through most of the plot. He's a war hero from Manchuria, having lost an arm (only in the novel).
-- ragexprincess  3/25/2007
Recently discovered another kanji pronounced "nobu" sometimes means "rejoice".
-- abbasdaughter  5/22/2006
Nobuo Uematsu is the composer of the music for most of the Final Fantasy games. Very talented musician.
-- Boaz  1/18/2007
My name is Nobuko and it is a female version of this name.
It's rather old-fashioned. My name means "relaxing and uninhibited child". The meaning and its Chinese character are good but I don't like my name spelled in alphabet.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2007
Nobu was used as a girl's name back in the olden days. Based on some research that I've done (gathering names from passenger lists and US census data), Nobu was uncommon in the late Edo period and the Meiji period. Those that do have the name were more likely to have theirs written in kana.

This goes back to the fact that 2 syllable names were preferred at the time, more so before the Meiji period. Towards the 2nd half of the Meiji period and the Taishō period, those types of names were quickly shunted out in popularity by names ending in *ko.
-- m4yb3_daijirou  6/28/2015
Nobu is the current (and only revealed) alias of the leader of a mysterious Japanese organization or "clan" and part of Wilson Fisk (aka the Kingpin)'s criminal cartel in the 2015 Netflix 'Daredevil' series. He is portrayed by Peter Shinkoda.
-- Feorsteorra  7/28/2015

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