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Baruch (Hebrew: בָּרוּךְ, Modern Barukh Tiberian Bārûḵ ; "Blessed") has been a given name among Jews from Biblical times up to the present, on some occasions also used as surname. It is also found, though more rarely, among Christians—particularly among Protestants who use Old Testament names.

Except for its use as a name, this is also related to berakhah or bracha (Hebrew: ברכה; plural ברכות, berakhot), which is a Jewish blessing. See also: Baraka and Barakah.

The root B-R-K meaning "blessing" is also present in other Semitic languages. The most common Arabic form is the passive form Mubarak, but the form Barack is also used.

Benedictus is a Latin name with similar meaning; cf. Baruch Spinoza or Benedictus de Spinoza.

People with the given name Baruch[edit]


Later times[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

People with the surname Baruch[edit]

  • Bernard Baruch, American financier, stock market speculator, statesman, and presidential advisor.

Scriptures attributed to Baruch ben Neriah[edit]

  • Book of Baruch or 1 Baruch, a deuterocanonical book, considered by Jews and most Protestants to be apocryphal
  • 2 Baruch, also called the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch
  • 3 Baruch, also called the Greek Apocalypse of Baruch
  • 4 Baruch, also known as the Paraleipomena of Jeremiah


  • Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, named after Bernard Baruch.
  • Baruch Plan, a proposed U.S. atomic energy plan following WWII by Bernard Baruch.