Barack

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Anglicized spelling, used by Luo speakers, of Barak, ostensibly as an Old Testament name. A cognate of the biblical Baruch.

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Barack

  1. A male given name.
    • 1995, 2004 Barack Obama, Dreams from my Father, Crown Publishers (2004), ISBN 978-0-307-38341-9, page 104:
      "What did Marcus call you just now? Some African name, wasn't it?" "Barack." "I thought your name was Barry." "Barack's my given name. My father's name. He was Kenyan." "Does it mean something?" "It means 'Blessed'. In Arabic. My grandfather was a Muslim."

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