The Aptostichus barackobamai was named after Barack Obama after researches in America revealed 33 new species of trapdoor spider. This discovery was made by researchers at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History and Department of Biological Sciences.
Few others were named after the following.
- Aptostichus edwardabbeyi named for environmentalist and author Edward Abbey (1927-1989)
- Aptostichus bonoi from Joshua Tree National Park, named for the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2
- Aptostichus pennjillettei named for illusionist and intellectual Penn Jillette
- Aptostichus chavezi named for Mexican American and civil rights and labor activist César Chávez (1927-1993).
Aptostichus stephencolberti and Aptostichus angelinajolieae.