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. xception

    Notice even the baby has the sense to push away from Obama.

    May 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. xception

    May 8th, 2009 1:07 pm ET

    Forget swine flu. Judging by these comments, there's been a severe outbreak of sour grapes since January. It doesn't help that people have been chasing those sour grapes with Rush Limbaugh's homemade Kool-aid
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    I'll give you the benefit and say that you are correct. What would that make all the whining and compaining Dems did for the past 8 years?

    May 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. amaboss52

    The Republican haters are out in force today. What a pathetic group of crybabies. Didnt say a word when Bushwacker and his posse were raping America. But just let someone with a funny name get elected and out they come, bigots, antisemites, haters, why dont you quit being part of the problem and try to be part of the solution. Oh wait thats right His Hein-ass Boss Limpballs doesnt want you to. Good going, you all must be very proud to hate America and its new President so much. I hope it causes you guys a lot of sleepless nights with acid indigestion.

    May 8, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. xception

    New Democrat Party motto: "From the cradle to the grave. We'll take care of you so YOU don't have to."

    May 8, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Mark

    How is that un-American? He's the PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! That's about as American as you can get.
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    Well we won't know for sure until he quits spending millions to keep his birth certificate sealed will we?

    May 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Carlos E Espana

    ..I believe some people in America are still in state of denial that Barack Hussein Obama is our president...

    May 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Sam

    Problem is this guy thinks he is the blessed one. I might name something approriate after him maybe something my dog leaves on the lawn

    May 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Cheryl

    elliott May 8th, 2009 12:57 pm ET
    How horrible!!! What a terrible name……it's un-American!!!
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    It's not an un-American name, it's just not a white anglo-saxon name, and boy do some people have a problem with that. They're here chewing themselves up daily over everything about this non-white non-anglo-saxon president. What a sad life for them.

    Actually, I'm pretty sure elliot named his kid, Bubba.

    May 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Ryan, Denver

    As a supporter of Obama I find it hiliarious to be called a sheep from those who probably carried water for Bush for the last eight years. If I'm a sheep then you scared little fools are lambs.

    May 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Matt

    Adolf was probably a popular name in Nazi Germany.......

    May 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Preston

    This is redicious. These people should get a life. Obama is just a "self promoter" looking to suite his own self interest. It is amazing how many people and blindsighted by this.

    May 8, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Child named after Adolf Hitler is refused cake request
    by The Associated Press
    Tuesday December 16, 2008, 7:40 PM
    just sayin..

    May 8, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Preston

    Obama is a self promoter looking to suite his own best interest. It is amazing how many of thse people are blindsighted by this and will still be left out in the cold. They should think for themselves and not be misguided into a false state.

    May 8, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Stuart

    Why don't all you Barack-phobes just name all your kids George, W, Sarah and Dick and get it over with? Why not just combine them all into one perfect name? Georgewsarahdick. It does have a certain ring to it....

    May 8, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. fudge

    OMG....Cali, Mike, that's hilarious, thanks man, you made my friday....too funny! I love it. thanks...we need more humor in our lives....

    May 8, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Robert

    How appropriate more babies are named Barack. Barack O. is spending their money in a grand case of "generational theft".

    May 8, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. The Death of America by Obama

    Pleaseeee ......................................you don't really think a white person is stupid enough to give their baby that stupid name do you.

    May 8, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    @ Ron May 8th, 2009 1:22 pm ET

    All you silly republicans need to stop hating. YOUR SIDE LOST! Get over it and move on with your lives. I thought you loved OUR country?
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    Why, Ron? YOUR SIDE LOST in '00 and '04, and YOU never stopped the complaining and hating.........

    May 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. thomas of spain

    god name. Barack means strong.I m planing to change my name to Barack.I may become the next president of the word.

    May 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Wayne

    Haters, get over it. The POTUS was elected by the people of the U.S.and he happens to be black, and , so what. If you hate this Pres. that much, be honest and say it's because he's black. Stop with the phoney BS.

    May 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Kenneth

    May 8th, 2009 1:26 pm ET

    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?

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    That would be GEORGE...not Barrack! Poor baby GEORGEs out there!

    May 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. brenda

    I didn't and don't see a jump in George, Dick, or Rush. That tells you something!

    May 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Misco, Sweden

    Thank you very much for a very, very interesting comment, KLK!

    May 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Leuctra

    The name "Barack" is the 2,409th most popular name.

    The 1,000th most popular boys name was issued to 192 babies in 2008. (Only the top 1,000 names are available on the Social Security Administration's website.)

    Looks a lot like "not-much-of-a-story" to me...

    May 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Pluto

    Chazz, nobody ever named their kids that. There was a singer who called himself something like George Lemongello back in the Seventies, but he was joking. That Choking Doberman thing wasn't real either. Just thought you'd like to know.

    May 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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