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Names chosen for Obama's children, huh?

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Submitted by Noodle (United States), Oct 30, 2008 at 15:49

"If Obama converted to Catholicism about 20 years ago; then one has to wonder why he's named his children Muslim names. Says something doesn't it. "

Yeah, it says you have no idea what you're talking about.

Obama was baptised into the United Church of Christ, a Protestant denomination, in 1988.

His youngest child is Natasha, a.k.a. Sasha, hardly a traditional Muslim name.

His older child is Malia Ann. Now I will say I did find one interpretation of Malia that claimed it was from the Swahlli meaning "Queen". You might be able to make a (tenuous) connection to Islam from that, but I have found several other sources indicating it's of Hawai'ian origin. This would be consistent with the fact the Obama was born in Hawai'i and I'm pretty sure Ann comes from the fact that his mother's name was Ann.


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