A Name Change We Can Believe In

Do you remember where you were the first time you heard the name Barack Hussein Obama? For a few, it might have been back in 2002 when, as Illinois State Senator, he gave a (now famous) speech in Chicago denouncing the "dumb war" that President Bush had authorized that same day. For many more, the moment came at the 2004 Democratic National Convention when, as a mere Senate candidate, he wrote and delivered the keynote address which transfixed his party.

No matter when or where you first heard the name Barack, you probably thought it was unique. Well, you were right. Currently, the name Barack doesn't even appear in the Top 1000 Names over at YeahBaby.com. The name itself means blessed and is of African origin, but it's not exactly popular over there either.

"Wow! Barack is an uncommon name! YeahBaby has over 26,500 baby names in our database of international names popularity, but Barack was not one of those names. And since our database goes back to 1990, the name Barack hasn't been popular in past years either!"

This got us thinking. What's in a name, anyway? Some people believe a child's name determines his or her destiny. Will U.S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama inspire new Democratic parents to name their sons after him? Turns out, Barack has already been crowned Name of the Year by Laura Wattenberg, creator of the Baby Name Wizard, an online tool for expectant parents at iVillage.com.

Barack Babies

Looks like you can't go wrong with Barack. Turns out, it's actually the person behind the name that matters. If you're still feeling uneasy about naming your baby, just remember the cautionary tale of Robert Lane - father of the century - and his two socially engineered children, Winner and Loser.

Courtesy of The Tartan Online:

Robert Lane, a black father who named one of his sons Winner and the other Loser. Ironically, Loser went to prep school, graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and joined the New York Police Department where he eventually made sergeant. Winner Lane, on the other hand, has a criminal record with nearly three dozen arrests for burglary and domestic violence, among other charges. These anecdotes invalidate the myth that one's name greatly influences that person's chances for success.

Do you like or dislike the name Barack? If you have an unusual name, feel free to share your story. We would especially love to hear from any parents-to-be who are planning on naming their child after Barack Obama.



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"No matter when or where you first heard the name Barack, you probably thought it was unique."

No I didn't to the above statement. The first time I heard his name (over four years ago) just before he made his Keynote Speech at the DNC, I knew exactly where the name came from.

The only intrigue I had then was to know the man behind the name with two questions buzzing in my mind: Was he a first generation American like me who his parents decided to give a "unique" name? Or was he someone like Kwesi Nfume who had some sort of epiphany to change his English given name to identify with his "roots," so to speak?

So I and many members of my family find it confounding with folks tripping over his name especially his middle name. He-llo, before a famed dictator came to a lot of Americans consciousness; the name "Hussein" is quite popular around the world. The way I see it; it ain't that serious. (The questionable grammar is intentional). It's a name.

Sent by Moji | 4:38 PM | 6-10-2008

Names are incredibly important. If one believes everything is motion, emanating from vibration; retaining and projecting ones own personal vibration is most displayed through ones name.

The Anglo root of my name means Incomparable Warrior.
And no matter what; it is my core character.
It becomes more profound in my case as i was born in the year of the tiger under the Chinese system, am a child of Ogun under the Yoruba system, am a White World Bridger under the Mayan system, and named after the Catholic saint who worked out of Padua, Italy.
Speaking about vibrations; I am also the Woodpecker through the American Indian system.
And i am true to all these aspects: The tenacious loner warrior, who brings disparate elements together in an effort to correct injustices as I feel them being perpetuated.

I first saw my President, Barack Obama, on a television screen in a hotel room in Amman, Jordan. I have been following him ever since. And i have been enjoying this Obama bubble ever since. Even if it should burst, i am so very grateful for the ride and the times it will have given me. As an American citizen living and working with the downtrodden abroad, he (to paraphrase Michelle) has for the first time in my adult life made me proud that there is leadership in the country of my birth that understands the masses of the planet, as opposed to just the masters of the planet.

Peace, Love and Hair grease.......
T (from thePatterson's takingthetraintoTibet.).

Sent by audiodramatist | 4:39 AM | 6-11-2008