I was looking up the meaning of names on BabyNames.com because, well, I do that sort of thing. I’m sort of working on a novel (which is like saying I’m digging for China, since I’ve written half a million words for this novel, all of which have been round filed at one point or another) and was hoping to find a name associated with “light,” “illumination” or “enlightenment.”
Instead, I stumbled on this little tidbit: when searching for names that mean “light,” and are male, I found both “Barak” and “Obama” on the same list…
Barak is a Hebrew name that means “lightning” or “spark.” Obama is an African name that means “slightly bent.” So for giggles, I searched for “Hussein” as well: Arabic name meaning “handsome one.”
So Barack Hussein Obama means “lighting/spark” that is the “handsome one” who is “slightly bent.”
You tell me if it’s fitting or not.