May 8th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
9 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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soundoff (414 Responses)
  1. Squealy

    Go Lori in Huston!! I don't even have to post my comment now – you said it all.

    May 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Whine and complain, complain and whine – another day in the life of Republican America.

    May 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. God Bless the World

    i would love to name my son Barack.

    May 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. V1KTORvaughn

    This is garbage. The people that comment here are one of the following...

    Liberal: Oh my God. Obama is SO kewl. George Bush is SATAN!

    Conservative: Oh my God. Obama is a communist/Muslim.

    Get a grip people! Obama isn't the messiah and Bush isn't the devil. The media is completely unreliable as far as I'm concerned. I just hope people snap out of this polarized trance and get back to improving the country. WAKE UP!

    May 8, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Kitty

    How is this news? Give me a break – his name is weird – people who would name a child "Barrack" should have their head examined!!!! LOL

    May 8, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Libertarian

    Sooo much hate here. Looks like the mask (or hood) is off the republican party now.

    May 8, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. mjm

    What do you think parents will regret more? Naming their kid Obama or voting for Obama?

    Where is the name "Barry" on the list?

    I’m naming my kid “Deficit”, after Obama and the Democrats.

    May 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Dorrej

    The Barack in the Bible did not do what God asked him & his power was passed to a woman. Go Palin, Go!

    May 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. OhGrowUp

    Elliot says that "Barack" is un-American. Unless you're like my great-great grandmother, who was Cherokee, your ancestors were immigrants to this country.

    "Barack" means "blessing" in Arabic. Our country could use all the blessings it can get these days, after 8 years of economic, political and foreign policy mis-management.

    BTW, "Elliott" is the diminutive of the last name, Elias, which is found in the Greek, Portuguese, German, Scandinavian, Finnish, English languages and is a cognate of "Elijah," from the Hebrew.

    So by your reasoning, since your name derives from a non-English origin, your name is un-American, too.

    Have a nice day!

    May 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Ravi

    Wow, it's truly amazing how certain people still consider only European/Western derived names to be "American" and everything else to be anti-American. Yet another indication of the fact that society continues to be stuck in the 18th century when it comes to tolerance and race relations. Pathetic.

    May 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Napoleon Complex

    Love it that this is driving all the conservative Christian haters crazy!

    May 8, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. rockturner

    Interesting Fun Facts.

    I am curious what the SA found after
    The election of George W.

    How many kids were named WALKER,
    of JEB?

    After all we should given equal time to the Bush Babies.

    May 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. craig from washington

    No Jackson, they're naming their kids "Barack", not "Dubya". You've got the wrong president.

    May 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Charlie

    Just goes to show you that most of the people in this nation are just "sheep", no mind of their own. How sad, that you can't name your child on your own....gotta follow the leader. I had my children's names picked from the time I was ten years old. No leader or Hollywood movie star could have swayed me from being my own person, still can't.

    May 8, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Golden Girl

    Dennis May 8th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

    I'm sure Adolph was big in Germany for a while too.

    Ahhh Dennis....always the menace...

    May 8, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Todd from CO

    I wonder how many parents named their kids Adolf 50 years ago? He too was a good speaker. And he did not even have the advantage of a teleprompter.

    May 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Squealy

    Man, you people are the pettiest, most nit-picky, can't see the forest for the trees people I have ever witnessed in all my 48 years. You find fault with ANYTHING (the man could fart a different smell than you and you'd find a way to see that as un-American). You are mirroring your so-called media elite (Rush, O'Reiley, Coulter, Hannity) to a T. You deserve the repub leaders you are stuck with now. Ya know, nothing changes unless it changes – can't change by staying the same. Breathe in some fresh air, already!

    May 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Average


    Yes, that is unfortunate for those children named George.

    May 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Golden Girl

    KC May 8th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

    ….and what if he turns out to be the worst president ever? Wouldn't that suck for those babies?

    PRESIDENT Barack Obama's accomplishments so far are enough for anyone holding is name to be proud of!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. jeff

    African Americans and Muslims are the people who are picking his name.
    You will not get a white person from Ohio naming his or her child that
    It is understandable they would name their children with his name. They are proud and should be and given that 99% of African Americans voted for him due to his race and not his politics.

    May 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Jackie

    Oh Please!! The Dems just can't stand or stay with American, can they.

    May 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Chut Pata

    Anybody naming their kids Dick, Piper, Bristles, Willow, Trigger, Tripper?

    May 8, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Anybody notice how many responses and what they said when Jack Cafferty asked a question about legalizing marijauana. CNN is the number 1 news outlet for dopers and Obama lovers.

    May 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Raw B

    Also, Barack means peach in German! What a great name. =)

    May 8, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Pluto

    Dan, there were ten thousand babies named Barack. Also one guy named his daughter Dubya Newt Rush.

    May 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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