Barak (given name)
The given name Barak, also spelled Barac, Barack, and Baraq represents two distinct Arabic and Hebrew given names, one derived from the Semitic root B-R-K, the other from B-R-Q. These names are distinct in origin and meaning.
The first consonantal spelling, B-R-K (Arabic: بارك, Bārak, and Hebrew: ברךּ Bārak), is most commonly associated in Arabic with the meaning "blessed" as well as the meanings "to make to kneel down" (said of the camel), "to stoop", and "to cower". In Hebrew, it can be traced from Phoenician, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Akkadian, and Classical Arabic roots having the meanings, "knee", "kneel", "prostrate", "venerate", "bless", "be blessed", and "boon" as well as (camel's, human) "chest" and sometimes "curse" or "blaspheme".:p.48:p.121
In Arabic, the prefix mu- as used in Arabic: مبارك, Mubārak connects the word which follows it with the word before it, making the former an adjective of the latter, hence its use as a surname translates to "the blessed".
The consonantal spelling B-R-Q (Arabic: بُراق, Burāq and Hebrew: ברק, Bārāq) is the second form. The meaning of this form in Arabic is "to shine", "to gleam", "to lighten", and "to open widely" (said of the eyes). Similarly, the Hebrew significance is "lightning", "flash", "to give light" and "to be visible".:p.47:p.122
The Biblical character Barak, a military commander in the Book of Judges, is the eponymous holder of this name.
People named Barak
Notable people with the name include:
- Barak Badash (born 1982), Israeli football player
- Barak Bakhar (born 1979), Israeli football player
- Barak Longmate (1738-1793), English genealogist and engraver
- Barak Moshe (born 1991), Israeli football player
- Barack Obama (born 1961), 44th and current President of the United States
- Barack Obama, Sr. (1936–1982), Kenyan economist and President Barack Obama's father
- Barak Sopé (born 1955), Vanuatu politician
- Barak Yitzhaki (born 1984), Israeli football player
- Barak (surname)
- Barak (disambiguation)
- Burak (disambiguation)
- Baraka (disambiguation)
- Baruch (given name)
- Mubarak (name)
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- Murtonen, Aimo (1986). Hospers, J.H., ed. Hebrew in its West Semitic setting: a comparative survey of non-Masoretic Hebrew dialects and traditions. Leiden: E.J. Brill. ISBN 9789004088993.
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