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. Veronica

    We are naming our baby,Barack Nicolas.
    Nicolas for my late grandfather and Barack ,for a man of integrity,class and inteligence...OUR PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    May 8, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. tim

    Let's hope that the children named after barry follow his lead and support his children. Something tells me we are just adding to the wellfare rolls.

    May 8, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Terry

    Wow...so much hate here. What a pity.

    6 months in and some dense wing-nut bigots are still having a hard time digesting the fact that they're being ruled by a black man with a muslim name. Imagine that? A black man with a muslim name is the most powerful leader in the world... He will rule you for 8 years, so get used to it.

    May 8, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. This is not CHANGE we need or want

    The picture is cute but no way would I name a child Barack. Thank goodness these children can legally change their names when they become adults. Barack....big spender of other people's money.

    May 8, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Father of Invention

    If Sarah Palin had made it and Frank Zappa were still around naming his kids, would "Moon Unit" have been named "Whack Job" instead?

    Oh, by the way, I like mustard on my hamburger. Dijon please!

    May 8, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Dale

    I wonder how many people named their kids Jesus? Oh yea, Barack is the new Messiah; his fans (millions) dumped the old one for the new one. All you have to do is make a few good speeches, break all of your campaign promises, destroy the USA and people will blindly follow.

    May 8, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    J.Crobuzon said:

    May 8th, 2009 11:40 am ET

    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.
    ______________________________________________________

    I couldn't agree with you more!!! And yes I'm an Obama supporter.

    Photon Torpedo

    May 8, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Veronica

    To kc....dont worry,george Bush holds that title

    May 8, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Pat Omaha, NE

    Doesn't "Barak" mean "blessing"?
    What a beautiful name for a child!!

    May 8, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Miguel Henriquez

    I agree completely. The Republican party might want to try getting off their butts and get a move on insted of complaining about every move Obama takes. IT was them who caused this mess in the first lace and plus Obama has only been in office about 120 days and it took Bush 8 years to screw up our economy.

    May 8, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Cblue4ever

    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".

    Obama was very flexible and bending with leaders of Saudi Arabia.

    May 8, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Greg, PA

    If ever in need of questioning one's faith in humanity, one need look no further than the comment section on a news blog.

    It's an interesting and unusual name that has recently entered the American (and global) vernacular. Of course people are going to start naming their children Barack.

    And to those of you who have nothing more constructive to say than making Hitler allusions (you do realize fascism is a right-wing ideology, right?) or call "liberalism" a "sickness" (once again, you might want to look that one up), wouldn't your time be better spent getting off the internets and watching some old episodes of the O'Reilly Factor? I hear there's a fun video of him on Inside Edition as well.

    May 8, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Marty

    My God, are you people still drinking the kool-aid. This guy is going to turn out to be the worst president ever. I wouldn't name my dog barack, husein or obama much less my child.

    May 8, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. iwannatalk2

    It's the name of the first African American President- nothing more A history making event, no matter how much you hate it, folks. A lot of people are named after people of note.
    It's just amazing the things people will choose to get bent out of shape over. I liked the name Chelsea after the Clinton's daughter. People can't help what they are named. I would definitely change some of your names if I could. But that wouldn't be nice.

    May 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Miguel Henriquez

    Oh ,ok Jackson, Who in the heck screwed up America in the first place ,huh? Obama has a higher aprroval rating than Bush ever had in both of his terms!!!!! O, maybe you are to oblivious tot he fact that Obama is possibly the best president we have had since Bill Clinton because you are to busy listening to that nut Rush Limbaugh.

    May 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Cali J

    I guess CNN won't post my message, but I'm wondering where is the news flash: Pelosi knew of waterboarding in 2002?

    I guess the ratings really tell the story on fair and balanced reporting.

    I know this message isn't on topic, but don't you Libs think this is important that one of your beloved liberal and 3rd most powerful Democrat politician in the world has told an outright and blatant lie? I know the hypocrites in SF will give her a pass on this.

    Didn't she promise the most transparent and corruption free Congress ever? Drain the swamp in 2010

    May 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Jim C

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

    Leslie, You got your numbers mixed up. It should be 60 years old and 30%.

    Also Leslie, you sound like someone who just lost her job to someone younger. Well, get over it and get back to school. The "below 30 demographic" are the most education demographic in history and the most stable demographic in terms of education and employment.

    May 8, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. pam Eugene OR

    Adorable photo but parents please don't give your children a name they will have to explain later in their lives.

    May 8, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. ANGIE IN PA

    Love the Picture And Love the Name Barack!

    May 8, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Kevin

    You should be ashamed of yourselves CNN! Showing the president holding a white baby, when you certainly know most who would use that name are Muslim or black americans associated with Nation of Islam.

    May 8, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Miguel Henriquez

    You righties are to busy being racist to try this economy turned around. ANy person who holds Obama's name against him is and idiot. Besides Bush is the new definiton for ritarded ape.

    May 8, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Jim C

    Jackson wrote...Poor kids. Growing up named after the worst President in the History of the United States is gonna be rough.

    Please don't tell me people are naming their kids "Dubya" or "George". lol

    May 8, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. AnaB

    All the haters, if you don't like the name Barrack, don't use it. Simple.

    And, and great picture!

    May 8, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Tom Paine

    Give that a few years....I don't see too many kids named "Jimmy Carter" walking around.

    May 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. JP

    I am sure there are many babies named after leaders who later led their countries to ruin. I am betting the the ones who name their kids after our president are in the half of workers who will pay no taxes under Obama. After Obama turns this country into to a bankrupt socialist welfare state people will regret that ever heard the name Barack Obama.

    May 8, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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