What is the origin of the name Barack?

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Barack Obama's first name is the anglicized version of Baraka, which means 'blessing' in Kiswahili (aka Swahili), a language spoken by Senator Obama's Kenyan father.

The word "Barack" is shared among several languages. First, it is a word in the (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_languages) Semitic family of languages. As such it mistakenly has been thought to have the root in Hebrew written as baruch, but since the word Barak in Hebrew exists independently, pronounced as Barak with no twisting of sounds, it is the true word from which any meaning should be taken. A version in Aramaic (berek), a version in Arabic (baraka). (See Strong's Hebrew Bible Dictionary, entries 1288-1294.) It also occurs as a loan word in non-Semitic languages that have been influenced by these Semitic languages, such as Kiswahili (the most widely spoken African language). As often happens, cognate words are similar in pronunciation. What appears in a later-appearing language may sound like something else in the earlier language. And in English we sometimes see words that are pronounced the same and even spelled the same, but that have very different meanings.

Baraka means 'blessing' in Kiswahili and comes from the Arabic spoken by the Omani Arabs that lived and traded along the coast of East Africa. Though it came to Kiswahili from Arabic it no longer has any sectarian connotations and is in common use amongst East Africans of all faiths. It is a common name for boys in Kenya and Tanzania.

Barack or Barak means 'lightning' in Hebrew. The name Barak is also mentioned in the Bible in the book of Judges. Barak was part of the story of the prophetess Deborah.

Baruch (or Baruwk, Baruk, Strong, 1263) and its cognates berek and baraka all mean the same. Strong, 1288, says "barak, baw-rak', a primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit)." (See http://www.virtualchristiancenter.com/biblestudytools/kjvstrongs/STRHEB12.htm)

Regardless of how one spells the name, it gives two possible and not contradictory meanings, and one true meaning. One is "a blessing from God," and another is "a blessing from God that the individual may pass on to others as a benefit to them." and the true meaning that cannot be translated any other way is the name Barak which means Lightning.
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What is Barack Obama's real name?

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What is Barack Obama's mother's name?

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Did Barack Obama change his name?

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Does Barack Obama have a middle name?

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What is Barack Obama's birth name?

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Was Barack Obama's name Barry?

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What is the meaning of the name Barack?

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Did Barack Obama have another name?

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What is the meaning of Barack Obama's name?

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What are Barack Obama's grandparents' names?

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When did Barack Obama change his name?

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What does Barack Obamas name mean?

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What was Barack Obama's father name?

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What are the names of Barack Obama's brothers?

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Is Barack Obama named Hussein?

Hussein is his middle name. It is a traditional family name and common in Kenya, where his father was from. The president's name is Barack Hussein Obama, II. He was named after his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.

Where did Barack Obama's family originally live?

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What is Barack Obama's mum's name?

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What was Barack Obama's moms name?

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Is there a horse named Barack in the Qur'an?

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What is barack obama's nick name?

When he was young, he liked to be called Barry; but he gradually began to use his real name (Barack) in college and no longer uses his nickname as far as we can tell.

What are Barack Obama's brothers' names?

Barack Obama does not have any biological brothers. He has a half-sister named Maya from his mother's second marriage. And he has several half-brothers who live in Africa and are from his father's side of the family, including one named Malik who was the best man at his wedding.

Where is Barack Obama's name from?

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What is the original name of Barack Obama?

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The name ''Barack'' means what in Swahili?

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What are Barack Obama's grandfathers' names?

Hussein Onyango Obama was his grandfather (whom he did not know) on his dad's side. Stanley Armour Dunham was his grandfather's name on his mother's side, with whom he lived in Hawaii during his adolescent and teen years.

Is Barack Obama originally from Hawaii?

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What is Barack Obama's name in Arabic?

The name "Barack" is an Arabic name that means "blessed." Several middle-eastern languages have similar names, including the Hebrew version, which is "Barukh."

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What is Barack Obama's son named?

The president does not have a son. This is a very frequently quoted internet rumor, with no facts to support it. On the other hand, the president's father (whose name was also Barack Obama), did have a son-- and that is the man who became the president in 2008.

Who named Barack Obama dog?

I think it was a family decision. The dog was a present forPresident Obama's two daughters, Malia and Sasha. The name derivedin part after Michelle Obama's father's nickname Diddley; the dogis a namesake of the deceased singer Bo Diddley.

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Why was Barack Obama named after his father?

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Where in the Bible is the name Barack?

In the Bible, the term/name Barak is found - meaning 'lightning'in the Hebrew: . Judges 4:8New King James Version (NKJV) . 8 And Barak said to her, "If youwill go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, Iwill not go!"

What was Barack Obama name when he was elected?

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What is the country of origin of Barack Obama name?

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