Beesha Barakaysan

Barakaysan - blessed in Somali.
Barack (Obama) - his name means blessed in Ancient Semite.

Is this an Arabic loanword or some Ancient Afro-Asiatic connection @SOMALI GENERAL @Nilotufian @James Dahl ?
I'm not 100% sure.

However, i reckon it's an ancient Semitic word, since it's the exact same in Hebrew. I believe due to Islamic influence, some Berber & Cushitic languages have adopted the word "Barak" from Arabic. Plus, the word for bless in Oromo is completely different from Somali, therefore making it likely that Somali has borrowed that word from Arabic.
 

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I'm not 100% sure.

However, i reckon it's an ancient Semitic word, since it's the exact same in Hebrew. I believe due to Islamic influence, some Berber & Cushitic languages have adopted the word "Barak" from Arabic. Plus, the word for bless in Oromo is completely different from Somali, therefore making it likely that Somali has borrowed that word from Arabic.
Barwaaqo which seems old ass Cushitic also has this Bar- element in it. Hmm. We need Suugo Linguists on here.
 

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