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- See B-R-Q for the unrelated root meaning "lightning".
- "Barack (given name)" redirects here. For the 44th President of the United States, see Barack Obama.
The Semitic root B-R-K has the original meaning of "to kneel down", with a secondary meaning "to bless".:p.121
The given name Barack of US president Barack Obama is derived from the same root. However, Bārak بارك is not a given name in Standard Arabic. The Arabic given name derived from the root B-R-K is Mubarak ( مبارك "blessed (one)"). However, it appears that the variant Bārak has a tradition as a masculine given name in Islamic parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
- 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.
- Obama is named after his Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr. (b. 1936), a member of the Luo ethnic group, whose father, Onyango Obama, had converted to Islam as an adult.