When people hear the names Barack and Obama, what comes to mind?
Of course, for most:
It’s the President of the United States.
Barack is actually a really nice masculine name.
It sort of personifies strength or character.
I’d name my oldest son Barack if I knew he was going to have a long career in a position that required you to be assertive.
Especially if he was a businessman or a consultant that was constantly on the move.
Even a football player named Barack has a nice ring to it.
If he was a heavy weightlifter:
I’d name him Barack in a heartbeat.
It’s simply a really appropriate name for men that have to assert themselves physically or mentally frequently.
I know a lot of people that really love the name Barack.
Even if their son wasn’t going to turn out as the next CEO of a Fortune 500 company:
They’d still name their son Barack.
It’s just a really nice name.
Hands down one of the best for naming a baby boy.
Then there’s the name Obama.
The name Obama I’m not that crazy about now.
It’s a fine name:
But not one I’ve come across often.
If you have come across someone named Obama (other than the president, of course):
Please do share in the comments below (I’d love to hear about it).
Both the names of Barack and Obama are really good names to have.
There’s so much more behind the names then first comes to mind.
Let’s take a look at different meanings of the names Barack and Obama across multiple languages.
It sometimes surprises monolinguals that names can have multiple meanings when scanned through the many languages humans use.
There are even some play on words to the names Barack and Obama that might surprise you.
This list will help you to surprise even your friends with some interesting associations.
Here’s an amazing fact:
Barack is a name that is identical to the Hebrew word ברק (baraq) meaning lightning.
It’s a verb that means to cast forth (of lightening).
Looks like the flash has some competition now and it’s Barack!
Would you believe:
Barack is a masculine noun that could also be interpreted in Hebrew as “glittering of weapons.”
Well, I suppose when your weapons are glittering then that must be a very good sign that victory is at hand ha ha.
Barack is actually the name of the son of Abinoam who made war against Jabin in the bible.
It was a battle fought in the plain of Jezreel and the host of Jabrin was completely routed.
Don’t declare war against Barack!
Here’s why you want a name like Barack if you’re an actor or a star:
Two nouns ברקת (bareqet) and the similar ברקת (bareqat) both indicate a kind of gem, possibly a sparkling emerald.
Sparkling emerald star, baby!
The masculine plural noun ברקנים (baraqanim), implies briers.
For those who aren’t aware:
A brier is any of a number of prickly shrubs, especially the sweetbrier and other wild roses.
Hey, who said masculine names can’t be associated with sweetbrier and wild roses (lol)?
Barack is a name that means “blessed (one).”
That’s the kind of attribution you would want to give to your child.
Why would you not want to choose to anoint your child as the “blessed (one)?”
The name Mubarak also means “blessed” and relates to the Arabic barakah or “many happy blessings.”
You are now going to name your first born son Barack if you desire to have “many happy blessings.”
Although there isn’t a clear connection between the two:
The name Barack actually has a strong similarity in sound to the English word “barrack.”
A barrack is a building in which soldiers and troops are accommodated.
If you dig deeper and look at the English word barrack:
You’ll find that it originated from the French “barraque” and the Spanish “barraca”, which means “cabin or hut.”
Iced lemonade anyone?
Shifting gears now:
We take a look at the origin of the name Obama.
It turns out that it is an ancient Kenyan surname.
That’s no surprise to anyone who considers Barack Obama’s ancient ancestry.
Obama is actually a name very common among the Luo.
The Luo are the third largest ethnic group in Kenya.
I wonder if sometimes the Luo people have to ask you:
“Which Obama are you referring to?” when asked “Where’s Obama?”
There is a belief that the name Obama is derived from the root word “Obam”, which means “to lean or bend.”
A word of caution:
Do not challenge anyone named Obama to a game of limbo!
You’ve been warned.
If this doesn’t surprise you, nothing will.
Obama is a word in Japanese meaning “little beach” or “little island.”
Okay, maybe it’s not a big beach or island:
But hey waterfront property is expensive no matter the size or location!
There actually existed a clan of samurais in feudal Japan that went by the name Obama.
Come to think of it:
I do remember reading the word Obama in Japanese literature next to a picture of a warrior.
Here’s a happy association:
Obama, Japan actually extended their support to President Obama during the campaign.
The President likewise extended his gratitude and pledged support for the city and nation as a whole.
In October 2008:
Seiji Fujiwara who led the “Obama for Obama” campaign in Japan, told the press:
“We are very proud to share the name of our own town with Obama.
We very much hope he wins.
We think he would make a very good president.”
Obama in Chinese is transliterated as 奥巴马 (ao ba ma).
奧 (ao) means abstruse, hard to understand.
巴 (ba) means to hope for anxiously, to expect, to cling to, or to stick to.
马 (ma) is a horse.
It’s also a Chinese surname and associated with success.
Obama (Obama-shi) is a city located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.
Well now next time you go to visit Japan:
Don’t be confused when the locals tell you that Obama is right here in their country.
It’s always nice to familiarize your self with the local geography.
Which of the above name associations of Barack or Obama was your favorite?
Let us know in the comments below.