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Famous bearer is Barack Obama, Democrat senator from Illinois and 2008 presidential hopeful.
-- WeloveyouJesseLacey  7/2/2008
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He is also the first African-American president in the history of our nation.
-- rory  11/9/2008
Barack happens to be spelled exactly like the Hungarian word for "apricot" (pronounced "baw-rawtsk").
-- Kosta  7/17/2008
No offense to those by this name, and especially to the President-elect, but I do not like this name and I especially don't like the mockery.
-- Anonymous User  11/6/2008
I actually really like it, it's different, and I like the look and sound.
-- tigerlilly  11/6/2008
Barack is a tremendous name simply by its association with the incoming president. It's one we're likely to see a lot more of, particularly if he proves to be a successful president.
-- marauder34  11/10/2008
I don't really like this name. It has an ugly sort of sound to it.
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2008
It sounds like "rock" with a long "bur" sound. Bur-rock. It sounds ugly and don't like the name at all no offense to the president-elect. Don't gush, please. It's not so great.
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2008
I really like this name because of Barack Obama, but that's the reason why it will cause teasing by people who rudely assume that Obama is a Muslim because his name sounds Arabic.
-- bananarama  11/28/2008
Why would it be rude to assume that someone is a Muslim? Seriously, think before you say something.
-- gimmeaname  1/24/2009
What I think the OP means by 'rudely assume that Obama is a Muslim' is people think he is a Muslim and therefore rudely assume he's affiliated with terrorists or something of the sort.

While being a part of any religion is never a bad thing, it still goes to say that it's a bit rude if someone assumes you're a part of something you're not, whether it's a good or bad association. I wouldn't be mortally offended, but I would consider it a bit rude for someone to assume I was Christian just because I'm a White middle-class American.

Although I admit that the OP's comment was ambiguous, I still think you're setting focus on the wrong part of that statement.
-- Anonymous User  7/26/2009
Might come from 'Mubarak' which means "good wishes" in Arabic, or 'Barak' (pronounced bur-raq) which means lightning. Regardless of origin, I personally like this name very much, Obama or no Obama. It's sleek, cool, strong-sounding and exotic. Very nice name.
-- 1m4n  1/29/2009
To me, when you say it fast, it sounds like a chicken clucking. No offense to the president, of course. But that is my opinion and I know there are cruel kids out there who would think of something terrible to say.

On the other hand, it is not a name you hear every day.
-- Anonymous User  4/5/2009
In 2008, Barack did not enter the top 1000 baby names in the United States, but moved up 10 000 names in popularity to the 2049th spot.
-- Anonymous User  5/11/2009
O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara, there's no one as Irish as Barack Obama!
-- Likeyeahwhatev  6/21/2009
An awful name, mainly because of the association with Barack Obama, a very negative association, if you ask me.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2009
This name is one of those names that you cannot shake yourself from association with Barack Obama. I say don't name your child this. It makes you look like an Obama drone.
-- revoLucian1776  7/22/2011
If you used this name, Republicans would throw a fit. It also implies that you're a little too obsessed with Barack Obama. It's not a good idea to use names that everyone will associate with one person.
-- Lolth  4/28/2013
Obviously, this name is now associated with President Obama. If it becomes more popular, this association will gradually be weakened until it becomes just a "normal" name. That's exactly what happened with Ingrid, which probably only became common outside Scandinavia because of actress Ingrid Bergman. (Incidentally, I like President Obama.)
-- Kosta  7/6/2015

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