Baraka: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Baraka

Baraka

Pronunciation: bah-RAH-kə (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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