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

The name Barack is a boy's name of Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili origin meaning "thunderbolt, lightning; or blessing". Barack and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Light and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

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The name of the 44th president, which he inherited from his Kenyan father, is related to the Swahili word "baraka," meaning "blessing," derived from the Arabic "baracka." It is linked, through the Semitic root, to the Hebrew name Baruch. Barack is also sometimes an alternate spelling of the Hebrew name Barak, which stems from the Semitic word for "lightning." 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 is a common surname among the Luo people of East Africa meaning "to lean or bend."

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MonikerWanderer Says:


I think in 20 years or so this will be a pretty popular name, or maybe even during Trump's presidency. I don't foresee many baby Donalds for the next 4 (hopefully not 8) years.

raevynstar Says:


I don't mind using names of past Presidents, but I don't think it's a good idea to name your kid after a current one--the connection is too obvious.