Barack: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Barack

Barack

Pronunciation: bah-RAHK (key)

The names Barack and Baraka are Swahili, from an Arabic root meaning "blessing." They have been used primarily in East Africa--but that was before Barack Obama. Obama, who was named after his Kenyan father, has made this name a symbol of a proudly diverse America. Note that Barack is sometimes confused with the Hebrew name Barak ("lightning"). The actual Hebrew equivalent is Beracha ("blessing").

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Teh New York Times quotes Laura on the impending popularity of the name Barack: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/us/politics/10babies.html

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Barry, Rocky

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Completely unrelated to the name's origin, but barack is a type of Hungarian brandy made of apricots.

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Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

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