hello! I've read the previous post and got interested because my fiance's name is Barakat and so is his surname. he was born in Lebanon (in its southern part). he said that this surname is widespread not only in his country but also overseas. for example, in his town there are several Barakat families, though they are not relatives. even his mother maiden name is Barakat - so she didn't even have to change it after her wedding. as for Barakats outside Lebanon, as far as I know in Egypt there is a singer bearing this particular name.