Barak (given name)
The given name Barak, also spelled Baraq, from the root B-R-Q, is a Hebrew name meaning "lightning". It appears in the Hebrew Bible as the name of Barak (ברק Bārāq), an Israelite general. It is also an Arabic name from the root B-R-K with the meaning of "blessed" though it is mostly in its feminine form Baraka(h).
The Arabic cognate is بَرْق barq (not to be confused with بَارَك bārak, which is cognate with Hebrew בָּרוּךְ bārûch). The epithet Barcas of the Punic general Hamilcar is derived from the same root, as is the name of Al-Buraq, the miraculous steed of Islamic Mi'raj tradition.
Although the given name is mostly Jewish and found predominantly in Israel, it has occasionally been used by Anglo-Saxon Protestants in the early modern period, when given names from the Hebrew Bible were in fashion, as in the name of Barak Longmate, an 18th-century English genealogist.
People with the name
Notable people with the name include:
- Barak Norman (c.1670–c.1740), English musical instrument maker
- Barak Longmate (1738–1793), English genealogist and engraver
- Ehud Barak (born 1942), Israeli former prime minister
- Barak Sopé (born 1955), Vanuatu politician
- Barak Bar-Am (born 1967), Israeli/German artist
- Barak Badash (born 1982), Israeli football player
- Barak Yitzhaki (born 1984), Israeli football player
- Barak Bakhar (born 1979), Israeli football player
- Barak Moshe (born 1991), Israeli football player
Also see Baraka
- Barak Sultan (1731-1750), member of the Kazakh Khanate dynasty
- Barack (disambiguation)
- Barak (surname)
- Barak (disambiguation)
- Burak (disambiguation)
- Baraka (disambiguation)
- Baruch (given name)
- Mubarak (name)
- All pages beginning with "Barak"
- 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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