June 12, 2008

What’s in a Name?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 1:30 pm by Jenn

Yesterday, I heard for the second time in as many days “America is not ready for a president with the middle name Hussein”.  These individuals are of course referring to Barack Obama, who like most of us didn’t choose his name, it was chosen for him.   In searching for the meaning of these names Barack, and Hussein I came across the following piece by Juan Cole.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

So what does the name mean anyway?  Well, according to babynames.com:

Barack – means ‘blessed’ and is from African origin, a form of the Hebrew name Baruch

Hussein – means ‘handsome one’ and is of Arabic origin.

Just for kicks I looked up the names of the people who made these comments, and well I’ll just say, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.  Oh, and if you are basing your vote on the origin of a name, John is a Hebrew name as well, so sorry about your luck! 

Do people really forget that we are a country founded and established by immigrants?

Ok, I feel better know.  I’m off to get Max a haircut.



  1. aminesoft said,

    thank you

  2. notgoth said,

    right on!!

  3. notgoth said,

    On a side note today Chris and I decided we would call our first born Cool. Partly cause then we’d all have the same initials – CA; partly because the whole baby name crap.

    People really need to look into caring about more important things.

  4. sjsmart said,

    Will you use Cool regardless of gender?

  5. not Goth said,

    good question. Seems more like a boys name doesn’t it which seems a little wrong itself.

    I kid of course. 😀

  6. “Barack” is also
    1) the Hebrew word for Lightning
    2) the name of a military general in the book of Judges in the Bible

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