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. Eastern Glow

    I bet if the ball was still in the GOP's court and everybody was naming their kids "Dubya" the rednecks wouldn't be having this problem with there being an enormously popular president.

    May 8, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. uhmmm?

    Leslie May 8th, 2009 11:29 am ET

    Yup! those below 30 years old, 60% of them don't pay income tax, but sucking the system. They all want FREEBIES!
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    Do you have ANY type of grounds for such a ridiculous comment? I think not. Generation Y, as we are called, are generally (not all, of course) highly-educated and socially liberal. We are hard-working and we adore President Obama. We don't want your charity and are insulted by this assumption.

    Also, Barack IS a biblical name, something you thumpers out there should know.

    May 8, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Cali Mike

    I will take it anyday over Track, Trig,Tripp, Tundra, Twinkle and whatever else Alskans name their progeny nowadays.......

    May 8, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Each Republican supporter/anti-Obamabot out there thinks they can come on this blog site and be the "soul voice" of dissent against President Obama by saying people who like him and support him are sheep, or following "the Messiah", yadda yadda yadda... but in the end, even the anti-Obamabots are the biggest laughing stocks.

    May 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Obama

    Form of a Hebrew name.. it Means Blessed

    May 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. bruce

    denis i was wondering if you had a job because to me it seems that all you do is sit around and have racial thoughts going through your little mind. How many guns an potted meat have stocked up on.

    May 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    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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    Don't worry, KC, he won't be.

    May 8, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Rick

    lolol...what a bunch of sorry lemmings.

    May 8, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Leilani

    The genuineness of the president in this picture is heartwarming.

    On another note, I would not name my baby Barack.

    May 8, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Matthew in Connecticut

    For all you goim out there, Barrack (Barak) is Hebrew word for lightning and Baruch is (which sounds closer to the way the president's name is pronounced) means to kneel before God in praise. Baraka in the Swahili language means blessing. Either way, there is nothing wrong with anyone naming their child Barrack.

    May 8, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. concerned American

    Why are they bothering with this dribble. Where is the ticker on Nancy Pelosi being fully briefed from the start on waterboarding?
    Come On CNN do some real reporting

    May 8, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Jackson May 8th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

    Poor kids. Growing up named after the worst President in the History of the United States is gonna be rough.
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    Jackson, your comment is laughable. Perhaps you have a crystal ball...but my crystal ball happens to say that he's already one of the most memorable presidents in history thanks to the people that voted him into the office. Keep whining, it helps Democrats immensely.

    May 8, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Colin in Canada

    Ted, speak for yourself...Obama is not loved by ALL of Canada, starting with me!

    May 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Puff the Magic Dragon

    I'm gonna name him....Bill, or George, ANYTHING but Sue....

    **Johnny Cash

    May 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. arithmetic is liberal

    The American people are sheep following their new messiah.
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    Yup! those below 30 years old, 60% of them don't pay income tax, but sucking the system. They all want FREEBIES!
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    And "Osama" became a very popular name in the Middle East after 9/11. You're in great company, Mr. President.
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    Hmmm, I wonder if ADOLPH is becoming popular too?

    Y'all do realize that you're at 21% as of last week, right?

    Have you stopped to consider that it's because you come off like nasty, rude ingrates who want to have their 'constitutional right to win every election' restored?

    If you keep talking about other Americans this way, then the number of "TRUE RED-BLOODED AMERICANS" will consist of two guys named Cletus hopping around in a circle somewhere along the Appalachian Corridor Highway

    May 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    I'll be naming my next kid Hussein if that's so 'cool' – and when I say cool, I mean cool like wearing your pants around your knees cool.
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    What kind of person who have such low self-esteem to carry your child? Thank goodness for natural selection.

    May 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Anon

    If anyone thinks they can actually do a better job given the state of things, then go ahead and run for President and try to make a difference to the world like he has, instead of just talking trash. Put your money where your mouth is and do it. Then your name will become popular too.

    May 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. mark

    For all you people that are suck on dumb, what makes being a conservative or liberal a bad name? I guess it depends on who you ask, Right? Do you think Jesus was a conservative? Hummm.. Probably not since he spoke out against the church at that time. For all you so called conservative Christians out there. Jesus preached his message of unity, peace, and love of all. That includes, prostitutes, tax collectors, criminals, etc.... How can you put the word conservative and Christian in the same sentence. Makes no sense. Today's conservatives are going around expecting everyone to believe as they do in public, that is. What they claim to believe in public is different than what they do behind closed doors. Just listen to people like Rush, O'Reilly, Ann, Hannity, and others. Do people really believe they believe that poison that they spew. No, money talks and they are being paid to have slanted views. They will be held accountable for their actions just like everyone else. One last question, was Hitler a conservative or liberal? I am will to bet he was a true conservative for his time period. What happened to tolorance of others? Christian conservative is just hype and nothing more!

    May 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    elliott May 8th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

    How horrible!!! What a terrible name……it's un-American!!!
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    ...As though YOU know what's American or not. Take off your Republican glasses and look at the world a new for a change.

    May 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Gizzi1213

    Ed, Detroit, Mich. May 8th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

    If Barrack actually convert from Islam to Christianity, doesn't it seem like he would have gone back to Barry?

    @@@@@

    My name is Deborah, it's a Jewish name. I'm not now, nor have I ever been, Jewish. Should I convert from Catholism to Judaism simply because of my name?

    May 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. George

    Jackson: You with the same last name as Michael Jackson isn't too cool either. Poor you.

    May 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    liberialism.is.a.sickness May 8th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

    This infatuation with Obama is scary!
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    What's scary is you don't realize how pathetic your comments reveal you to be. Take off the Republican blinders.

    May 8, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Robert

    Perfect. Now these kids will REALLY know who riddled them with a debt they'll never be able to repay.

    May 8, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Karen

    Soooo Precious....both of them!!!

    May 8, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Obama Victim

    doubt if many of these kids are white

    May 8, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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