Skip to comments.'Barack' poised to rise on baby-name lists [Barf Alert!]
Posted on 02/22/2008 6:36:32 PM PST by melt
Perhaps the nation will see some baby "Baracks" arriving over the next few months no matter who wins the presidential election.
Sen. Barack Obama's name brand recognition has much currency these days as Americans mull over the appeal of the Illinois Democrat's name for their own precious offspring.
Barack has been crowned Name of the Year by Laura Wattenberg, creator of Baby Name Wizard, a popular online trend-tracking tool for parents-to-be at IVillage.com, offering instant advice in the crucial baby-name derby.
"This is no political statement, just a statement on names in our culture. Senator Barack Hussein Obama is leading American political names into uncharted territory. If he should win the presidential election, his name would be a landmark for a major party nominee. Already it's started to create the unprecedented spectacle of first name as a campaign issue," noted Mrs. Wattenberg, who also authored the 2005 book "The Baby Name Wizard."
Barack has yet to appear on the official roster at the Social Security Administration, which charts the popularity of boys' and girls' names from year to year, based on birth-certificate statistics.
Findings from the federal agency are not particularly promising for a certain New York Democrat, however. In the current top-1,000 names for girls, Hillary weighs in at 982. A well-known Arizona Republican can feel some satisfaction. On the top 1,000 names for boys, John is at No. 20.
Some wonder whether Barack would play well on the playground.
"Naming babies. Is there a Barack-o-rama in the future?" asked Karen Murphy, a writer for Strollerderby, a blog for new parents.
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Creepy. Only 6 1/2 years after 9/11, and people are already naming their babies after a politician with a shady past named--- Barack Hussein Obama.
I doubt the name Barack catches on ... it is missing the all-important ‘q’, like in Shaquena, Quenella, etc.
I’m waiting for the political cartoon that shows Hillary opening a pandora box with Mr. and Mrs. Barry Barak Hussein Obama flying out.
Interesting to note that articles about rise in popularity of “Hillary” are absent. Why’s that?
I stepped in cat Obama today
Hillary was a more popular girls name before 1992. Since that time it’s dropped way down the list. Any ideas why that happened when it’s the name of one of the best known people in America?
Not even for a dog’s name!
I wouldn’t pick either of those names for my next child...
They will live to regret it.
>> ‘Barack’ poised to rise on baby-name lists [Barf Alert!]
Yes, that would certainly show up in the list before the boy named ‘Barf’.
Baraq Husayn ibn Mahomet?
Barak is also a Hebrew/Israeli name. The word means lightning. A character in the Leon Uris novel Exodus is named Barak Ben Canaan.
Not surprisingly, Barack’s middle name Hussein, may also be poised to rise in popularity.....
Brings to mind the Johnny Cash hit song:
“My name is Sue...How do you do?”
“My name is Barack...My parent is a democrat hack! “
One thing for sure is that Hillary Clinton has wrecked the spelling of the name. For centuries, “Hilary” with one “l” was the standard spelling of the name. After the Clintons showed up, “Hilary” went from #233 in 1992 to #651 in 1993 to dropping off the top 1000 female names forever.
That’s kinda racist....just sayin’
Barack Washington, etc.
sounds more like an observation on justdumbblondes part.
I suggested naming my youngest, born earlier today actually :), Ronald Reagan ____________ but my wife didn’t go for it. We named him Luke Allen instead.
There’s a reason why they don’t name buildings after living people.
Same rule should apply to babies.
Fact, or Truth?
You be the judge!
Barack Hawk has a bit of a ring to it.
Actually, I think it's more likely that it's from the Hebrew/Arabic root B-R-K, which means, in various forms, "bless/blessed/blessing." (The word for "lightning" is close, but not the same.)
How? Seriously. Look racist up in the dictionary and tell me how my statement was racist.
Whatever happened to ‘Shaquika’? (The very same babe who took my loot @ Mickey D’s?)
I had fun with my dog's name, as well. She's a German Shorthair...named her Memphis Belle.
An Orc gladiator in the German video game Gothic 3, located in the town of Sildin, is named Barrack!
What a great name for an orc!
I’m going to be original and name my next baby Sanjaya.
So Barack was pretty far down the list for you and your wife then?Congrats to you on your new son.
Naming one of your kids Barack get you stuck in a nursing home with no visitors when you get older.
OK. Maybe not racist, but certainly stereotypical, which is kinda racist.
I really think you’re trying too darned hard to be offended.
I really think youre trying too darned hard to be offended.
Judging by your screen name, I might claim the same.
As I said, the word for "bless" and the word for "lightning" are similar. The root for "bless" is transliterated B-R-K. The root for "lightning" is transliterated B-R-Q. Two of the three consonants are the same, but the last consonant is a different letter, although it is close in sound. (Arabic would be like the Hebrew.)
Based on the English spelling of the name "Barack," plus the meaning, I'm guessing his name is the "blessed/blessing" one, not "lightning." It's actually a good name, too bad it's wasted on this socialist.
BTW, I have advanced degrees in the Hebrew Scriptures, I have taught Hebrew, and I have dozens of Hebrew reference works here in my study.
I have a friend who used Reagan as a middle name (hubby wouldn't let her use it for the first name).
I am Irish Catholic (born in the early 60s). Have several Carolines in my family...Camelot anyone?
Oh good grief....this is pathetic.
And for what it’s worth, in proper Arabic it’s spelled Barak...no C. Mubarak means “blessed.” Talk about the worst name for a politician.
You are an idiot ... thank you for revealing yourself. Let’s review. You say I’m being racist. When I ask you how, you acknowledge that I’m not being racist, but then again state that I am. Now you want to make smartass remarks about my screen name, which is pretty much the last argument of every head case who can’t defend something they’ve said.
I would not take the insult personally. He is one of the people who defends Obama at every chance. It is funny how Obama people interject race into every issue.
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