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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  1. Peggy - TX

    Soon the name Barak will be as American as apple pie, much to the infuriation of those who only assume that only that which comes from Northern European origin is qualified to be assimilated into what we collectively consider to be "American. "

    We love you Barak Hussein Obama!!!!

    May 8, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. sniffthese

    Ted in Canada...


    58 million of us sure wish you would.

    May 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Lisa in FL

    Isn't it funny that the supposedly most intellegent "Bush" is named Jeb? Ah, what's in a name.....

    May 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. RWE

    back in the USSR they named kids after political leader.

    May 8, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. rightwinger

    Have they named the school that Barry attended in Indonesia after him yet? It is a documented fact that he went there, just before his 2nd father left his family.

    May 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. FLORIDA 911

    And, what a fine name that is!!!

    May 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Kevin in NJ

    That name sucks. Ba-rack. Kind of like the noise I make when puking or retching.

    May 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. yuri

    OK- some may argue -what's in a name? Evidently, names do matter, in these days of too many terroristic tendencies thwartin' progress in many regions of the world. On the contrary, one that sounds like a nefarious name of a knave nut job, people will become nay-sayers.

    May 8, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Mark C

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

    Oh, no you galactic-scale imbecile because:

    1. Barry was never his name, it was just a diminutive form of Barack
    2. Barack is from the HEBREW Barak, meaning blessing. It occurs literally hundreds of times in the bible.

    Get a life, and if at all possible an education.

    May 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Freeman

    To the republicans who still have not gotten over the fact that we have a Black President ,grow up. The name is from the Bible. Think about that. So called Christians that are pro life and pro war. Such hypocrites!

    May 8, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. dotjet

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

    What's your fact source for this riduclous statement, Leslie???? Or did you just make it up in your feeble, little, bigoted mind?

    May 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    "How cute, another child to pay for my spending spree."

    You got to love it!

    May 8, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Tom

    I named my last babies Blagojevich and Spitzer. I'm not falling for it a third time!

    May 8, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Jason

    Wow that's pretty sad.

    May 8, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Ehud Barak is an Israeli

    May 8, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Anne

    Jackson, the article talks about the popularity of the name Barack, the name you would be referring to would be George.

    May 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. GM

    Obama has achieved nothing so far. He has spent more money than every President before him, but he has ACHIEVED NOTHING.

    May 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Crazy ass human being

    What about the poor smucks named George Or even you .
    Walkin' aroung with that "W" tattooed on your Forehead.

    May 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Shameful

    Its a shame that Americans are naming their childrern after a person who has no respect for the Christian Doctrine and who's only reason for being in power is to become the next Hitler and to dictate to the American people. Who am I talking about, you guessed it Obama Osama, hmmmmmm why, because those who adore him are misinformed, uneducated and want the government to support them, thats why.


    May 8, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. LISA

    Oh, what a beautiful picture! I would name my child Barack which means leader. All you haters just go live in the hills or Iraq or somewhere. No one is paying you any attention. So stop the temper tantrum. And yes Barack is in the Bible that says he will lead tens of thousands to the promise land. Check it out in Judges of the BIble.

    May 8, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Bev - NYC

    Lori, Houston Texas May 8th, 2009 1:04 pm ET : Bravo you said exactly what I was thinking. Complaining about any thing Obama has become a high art form for some people. If only this negative energy could be put to something positive. Like my grandma used to say some people can't help being negative, they could win a million dollars on a rainy day and all they would remember is the rain.

    May 8, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. A. D.

    Jackson says..........Barack worst president ever. Then I guess George W. Bush was never president. Boy if only we could go back and erase the Bush presidency...... those 8 years, the country wouldn't be in the crisis it is in now. Never forgot G.W. lovers, it should have been President Gore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, my son wants his name change to Barack.

    May 8, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. TBA

    There are those anti Obama saying poor kids with the same name as him. But what about those people who have the same name as George Walker Bush? I feel sorry for those people since their name has been drag down in the dirty since its the same as a President that has no Intelligent.

    May 8, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. w.l. jones

    This picture shows the dept of Americans, even a baby feel at ease with this president.

    May 8, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Comradio

    I'm sorry Leslie, the very first comment, but 30 year olds don't qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Nor are we soaking our companies dry with out retirement plans. That's YOUR generation of people. That's who is sucking the system dry. How dare you blame under 30's when the amount of aid and money we recieve is MINISCULE to the amount 60+'s recieve. You anger is misdirected and your arguing against your own interests, fool.

    May 8, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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