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. Mike in MN

    Impressive, 2049th. Why would anyone even write this article? 2049th? That's evidence of popularity? He is popular, but that is evidence? Frankly, when you consider how popular he is you would think it would at least make the top 100. Wonder where it ranks in popularity for pets names?

    May 8, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. John Smythe

    What a terrific story CNN. Slow news day. Just goes to show you that no matter how bad this president is and is going to continue to be, you have Media outlets like CNN slobbering all over themselves about this person.
    PATHETIC!!

    May 8, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. sickofthelibs

    Lori from Houston, your arrogant comment cracks me up.
    Touting the party before country stuff, and your santimonius self serving volunteer work, while chastising others for posting here when you yourself is actually wasting your time to do the same.

    I'd bet that you were one of the loudest sufferers of BDS, judging by your "you lost-get over it" comment.

    May 8, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Lucy

    If I had 8 kids they would all have some name that is a permutation of Barack OBama, the girls could Barackette, etc. Imagine how we could all change the world!!

    May 8, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    T May 8th, 2009 12:55 pm ET

    LOL in 3 years or less. Being associated with the name Barack might well be a bad thing. He keeps spending like he is his name will be regarded like Benedict Arnold's.
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    What's funny about your comment is how certain you think you are, but in November 2012, when Barack Obama is re-elected, you'll be ROFL.

    May 8, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Buckeye

    What Sasha? Which, byw, is a boy's name! Alexander.

    May 8, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Art

    I should have never read these comment so soon after eating...

    May 8, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. J in NJ

    At least the therapist will have jobs in the future nobody else will. I feel bad for any kid on the playground with that name.

    How exactly is this news? And you wonder why people say the media is BHO's lap dog.

    May 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Nestor, Austin, TX May 8th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

    It's not stunning that the name's popularity would increase. It would probably be better to wait until he has been president for a while though. It would suck to grow up with the name Barack if he turns out to be the worst president ever, which so far isn't out of the realm of possibility.
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    You're right, Nestor, I'm certain George had the potential of being a big hit for a couple years there, but look how that name turned out... George has come to mean imbecil, imcompetent, uneducated... so anything is possible.

    May 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Lue Blackwell

    I have a daughter whom is 35yrs. old and her middle name is "Baraka"- so the name has been around (including the fact that Barack is in the Bible) and it is what the parent chooses to name their child (ren)-It definitely couldn't be any worse than the Emily or Emma that is "suppose" to be the most popular name today-in whose culture?????

    May 8, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Jim El Paso Tx

    KC...NO chance Obama will be the worst President. GW has that LOCKED UP!!!!

    May 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Hans Brecker, Albany NY

    Nice photo op....it says "hey look at me I'm your president, why didn't your stupid parents name you B.O. .....after me, of course"? "Whew what's that smell........c'mon Joe, not here!"

    May 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. allen

    I have more respect for my new dog too name him Barack. I understand Obama's new dog is named BO. That must stand for bail out.

    May 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. rightwinger

    Isn't it ironic that Obama rhymes with Osama! Maybe the people that name their sons' Obama can hope for them to shine the shoes of Saudi Kings like Barry Sotero Obama did!

    May 8, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. chazz

    WOW – what's gonna happen to the names, "Lemmonjello," and "Orangejello?"

    May 8, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. sky

    ...because he is an admirable and historic human being....when people turn their backs on that....because the individual may not be in their particular party or share their particular mind set.....then they fall from grace. The Republican party has become the bad guys. There will NOT be, and has not been an increase in the name DICK or George for that matter.....even their own kind....the Slytherin of the planet....have turned their backs on their lot. Why is it that they find a descent, good human being to be such a threat....because they do not want good to win...it is difficult to take advantage of a people who are fulfilled....who are on the path to discovering their own potentials...what if poor people could be educated....what if poor people could speak their minds...what if they did not give themselves up to drugs and their minds were clear and clean and free....then how could they be controlled....No one will ever call their child Cheney....or DICK....unless he comes from a family who wear sheets over their heads.....

    May 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Paula LUcee

    If my daughter was not grown, I would rename her Baracka.

    May 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. KLK

    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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    They're going to be named Barack, not George.

    May 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. b franklin

    What a great use of resources...nice job CNN!!
    Could you please run some more puff pieces on the President. I just can't get enough of them.
    Might I suggest, a study on how the name Barabck invokes images of rainbows, puffy clouds and unicorns in newborns.

    May 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Heather

    Had I been born a boy, I was to be named Theodore Harrison afther Theodore Roosevelt and Williams Henry Harrison. I don't think it would be so bad to be named after Presidents. I would have let the girls call me Teddy ;)

    May 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Mark C

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

    And what if you turn out to be the biggest moron ever? Oh wait, you already are.

    May 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Paula LUcee

    A beautiful name for a girl would be–Baracka Masai Jones

    May 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. liberialism.is.a.sickness

    The caption reads "cool another person to pay for my stimulus bill and massive spending”

    May 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. B. T.

    Barack.......... Better than George or Dick!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. KLK

    Independent_me May 8th, 2009 11:50 am ET

    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".
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    Nice post!! Describes aour president very well.

    May 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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