Barak (given name)

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The given name Barak, also spelled Baraq, from the root B-R-Q, is a Hebrew name meaning "lightning". It is a Biblical name, given after the Israelite general Barak (ברק Bārāq).


The Semitic root B-R-Q has the meaning "to shine"; "lightning".[1]:p.122 The Hebrew name ברק Bārāq is biblical, given after Barak, a military commander in the Book of Judges.

The Arabic word for "lightning" is Arabic: بُراقburāq. The epithet Barcas of the Punic general Hamilcar is from the same root, as is the name of Al-Buraq, the miraculous steed of Islamic mythology.

The given name is mostly Jewish, and predominantly found in Israel. However, it has occasionally been used by Anglo-Saxon protestants in the early modern period, when there was a fashion for given names from the Hebrew Bible, as in the name of Barak Longmate, an 18th-century English genealogist.

People with the name[edit]

Notable people with the name include:

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