May 8th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Name 'Barack' soars in popularity, government says

The president's first name showed a dramatic leap in popularity from 2007 to 2008, according to the Social Security Administration.
The president's first name showed a dramatic leap in popularity from 2007 to 2008, according to the Social Security Administration.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Then-Sen. Barack Obama's name may have been everywhere during the presidential campaign, but it did not make the top 1000 most popular picks for babies. Still, it gained popularity.

During 2008, the new president's first name ranked 2,409th on the Social Security Administration's annual list of the most popular baby names. That's a jump of more than 10,000 spots from the name's previous ranking in the 12,535th spot during 2007.

"President Obama's popularity peaks among Americans under the age of 30, who are, in turn, most likely to be having babies," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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For more information about the Social Security Administration's annual rankings that were released Friday, click here.


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  1. Leslie

    Yup! those below 30 years old, 60% of them don't pay income tax, but sucking the system. They all want FREEBIES!

    May 8, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Lori

    Flattering. I heard the names Sasha and Malia have gone up too. The majority of Americans and the world love this President (he's even more popular than Heads of State in most of their own countries). Funny, I never noticed the name George go up over the last 8 years. Hehehe!

    May 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. J.Crobuzon

    Somewhere, right now, a poor child is being named "Baracktavious," and it ought to be stopped. Mamas, stop putting weak Greek or Latin endings on your poor kids' names.

    May 8, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Robin

    I'm not an Obama supporter, but that sure is one cute pic!

    May 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Chi Town

    I would have thought Barry would be more popular

    May 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Mike D. in San Diego

    I like Obama. I voted for him. I think he's doing a good job with the mess he was handed. That having been said, stories like this give 100% credibility to the belief that most of the media worships Obama. This is NOT news.

    May 8, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Dan

    Likely the number of babies with the name Barack increased from 2 to 7

    May 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Independent_me

    What's in a name?

    The Name "Barak" is mentioned in the Bible over 100 times. It means "Blessed one" or "The one who is blessed"..

    The name "Hussein" is the same as "Hassan" in the Old Testament (just as "Maria" and "Miriam" is the same as "Mary") and it means "Handsome" or "Comely"

    Obama is from an African language and means "Flexible" or "Bending". It is also understood as "Humble".

    Imagine that! Put them all together and his name means:
    "The handsome one who is blessed, and who is flexible".

    May 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Terry

    Parents, please do not name your child Barack. Give your poor kid a good start in life by giving him a name that will not be made into a joke for his entire life. Pick a name that is spelled like it is pronounced, that will convey the gender of the child, and that is not controversial. You may think a distinctive name is cool, but how would you like to be named Ronald Reagan Smith or Britney Spears Garcia?

    May 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Suc Mi Wang

    How typical. The sheeple having no minds of their own choose the flavor of the month. I'm sure there were lots of babies named Adolf born in Germany in the 1930's and 40's too.

    May 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Idiot_Peolosi

    Hmmm, I wonder if ADOLPH is becoming popular too?

    May 8, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    And "Osama" became a very popular name in the Middle East after 9/11. You're in great company, Mr. President.

    May 8, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Pat F

    The Obamessiah effect.

    How sad that people's own lives are so void of content that they have to reach for empty suits and celebrity to fill it up. People used to name babies after their beloved relatives.

    May 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Michael in Ventura,CA

    It's great to see that his name is being honored-not FEARED as was suggested during the election!

    May 8, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. mark

    America will rise again with Obama and democrats. For those who hate him, peace and love. a proud black man.

    May 8, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Proud DHS radical

    And when the TV mini-series 'Roots' came, a lot of Black Americans back then were naming their sons Kunta Kinte. It's nothing but a fade that parents do, I was named after David Niven character in 'Dawn Patrol.

    May 8, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Well, considering the fact that everyday we have to listen to trash from a Rush, a Wolf, and a Newt I don't see where there is anything wrong. Their parents obviously hated them from conception and now they hate everyone else!

    At least the Baracks of the world will be able to see that their names came from someone who was intelligent, interesting, a dedicated father and husband, and the POTUS!

    People love this President, Get over it!

    May 8, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. CF

    At least its a better baby name than Track, Trig, Trip or Piper.

    May 8, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Cynthia - Arkansas

    It sure seems a lot of people on here can't stand that fact that he's so popular. That's it, pure and simple. I for one couldn't be more proud.

    God bless him!

    May 8, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Virginia

    I think President Obama is a wonderful person. However, I would not like a family member named Barack. It dates a person historically, like when Debbie Reynolds sang "Tammie". Many babies were named Tammie and as soon as you hear their name, you can place that person in the 40-50 year old category. Not all women would be pleased with that.

    May 8, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Tate

    Wait how many people are naming there kids COWARD!

    May 8, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. SWEETIE

    Just stay away from the name "RUSH"

    May 8, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    Right wing posts here are pathetic.
    lol, probably pissed because NOBODY wants to name their kids George or Dubya.

    May 8, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. nadine

    so, is this like everyone running out and buying the latest sweater that michelle obama wears, or the dog that the obama's purchase (should i say given from ted kennedy). soon our kids will be dressing like the obama's girls, will it be a law that we look like them too - oooh those muscles of michelles, and that shiney chest of baracks - what a joke get over yourselves, learn to like yourself and just be you, not some person that everyone thinks is god walking - what a joke.

    May 8, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Another couple of years and the name Barack will be on the 10 most requested names to change from list.

    May 8, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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