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Baruch (given name)

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Baruch (Hebrew: בָּרוּךְ, Modern: Barūḵ, Tiberian: Bārūḵ, "Blessed", Polish: Berek) is a masculine name among Jews used from Biblical times to the present, which is sometimes used as surname.[1] It is also found, though more rarely, among Christians—particularly among Protestants who use Old Testament names.

Except for its use as a name, this is also related to berakhah or bracha (Hebrew: ברכה; plural ברכות, berakhot), which is a Jewish blessing. See also: Baraka and Barakah.

The root B-R-K meaning "blessing" is also present in other Semitic languages. The most common Arabic form is the passive form Mubarak, but the form Barak (Barack) is also used. In Polish it is Berek.

Benedictus is a Latin name with similar meaning; cf. Baruch Spinoza or Benedictus de Spinoza.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick (2003-05-08). Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-19-508137-4.