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Birth name: Barack Hussein Obama Jr. Nickname: Barry

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Submitted by Carrie H. (United States), Feb 17, 2009 at 20:14

I read that his real legal birth name is Barack Hussein Obama just like his Kenyan father. But being raised by his mother and grandparents from Hawaii, they just nicknamed him Barry. When his father came to the U.S. he went by Barry also because most foreigners did things like that just to fit into the American melting pot. But when Barack Jr. got older, he didn't want to be called Barry anymore and wanted to be called by his legal birth name Barack.

As far as the routine of the way Muslim's name their children, who's to say that is even the way the 2 culturally different parents decided to name their child. Naming Barack Jr. could have been decided by combining both cultures. I mean the name itself sounds foreign, but then you've got the fact that it is the same as his father's name with Jr. on the end. There are a whole lot of other Americans out there who have their father's same name but with Jr. on the end. To me it just sounds like a combining of the 2 cultural differences. So there. That's all I got to say about that. Y'all!!

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