Similar to a situation in 2009, the name “Barack” is now growing in popularity again.
According to the Huffington Post, former President Barack Obama has made his mark on many parents in the US, as the name has shown a surprise increase in terms of newborn baby names.
Huffington Post states that the name Barack had been absent in the Social Security Administration’s baby name records (a record that documents the names given to five or more newborns each year) until the year of 2007 when five children named Barack appeared.
In 2008, when Obama was elected president, there was a solid increase to 52 newborn babies named Barack, with 14 having the name of Obama. The number of children named Barack later increased to 69 and 16 Obamas in the following year of 2009.
However, in recent years the number of children carrying both the Barack and the Obama names had fallen back below 5 after 2009. There wre 28 Obama’s in 2010, 15 in 2011, 16 in 2012, 11 in 2013 and 2014, and eight in 2015.
Surprisingly, the name has returned and is back on the rise. Statistics from the SSA data released in May shows that 19 baby boys were named Barack back in 2016 and, over the past decade, more parents have used Barack as a middle name. In addition to using the former president’s name, the Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, have had a similar situation occur. In 2009, the name “Malia” peaked at number 191 with 1,699 baby girls given the name but then jumped between the 301 to 353 range between 2010 and 2015. In 2016, the name jumped to number 259 with 1,227 baby Malias born last year.
However, while the name Sasha had peaked in popularity way back in 1988, it jumped back up to number 261 in 2009 with 1,250 baby girl Sasha’s born. While falling back to number 565 in 2014, the name rose back to 533 in 2016.