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Gender: M Meaning of Barack: "thunderbolt, lightning; or blessing" Origin of Barack: Hebrew; also Swahili from Arabic

The name of the 44th president, which he inherited from his Kenyan father, is an alternate spelling of the Old Testament Barak,who was a tribal leader known for his military prowess. Barack Obama may have found it a difficult name to grow up with, but the same won't be true for the many babies starting to be given that name; other parents are being inspired to use Obama, which means "blessed" in Swahili.

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