Benjamin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Benjamin

Benjamin

Pronunciation: BEHN-jə-min (key)

Origin of the name Benjamin:

Derived from the Hebrew binyāmīn (son of the right hand). The name was borne by American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 90). Short: Ben. Pet: Benny.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Benjamin: | Edit

A likely reason for this Biblical name's popularity is that it is spelled the same in Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Slovak, and Spanish.

Benjamin is traditional and classic. The three galloping syllables are impressive in its full version and the nickname 'Ben' is adorable for a boy. Of the highly traditional names (Andrew, William, James, etc) its a bit quirky and intellectual. Goes well with a wide range of surnames. A lovely name to grow into and enjoy.

Good, solid, thoroughly masculine name that suits a grown man as well as a little boy.

Personal experiences with the name Benjamin: | Edit

We have four sons. Our Benjamin is number 2 of 4 sons. We gave all our boys biblical names. His siblings are: Ethan, Lucas, and Roman.

The only thing I do not like is when they try to call him Benji. His nick name is Benny or Ben, but he likes to spell out his entire name at school. But he is Benny to me. :)

I love the name. Strong and Masculine, and Classic.

Our son goes by the nickname Ben at school, but as there are two Ben's in his class, he is known as 'Ben G' (our last name starts with a G..) so he is determined that Benji is spelled Ben G...

I have a brother Benjamin and because my father is German it is pronounced Ben-ya-min I think it's cute with the German pronunciation.

My name is Benjamin and I've always been called "Ben", which I like. Except having the last name of Guido, when the two are put together as "Ben Guido", it sounds way too abrupt for my tastes. (Also, it almost sounds like one last name for a Jewish Rabbi (Rabbi ben Guido), whom I guess is also a member of the Italian mafia.) Anyway, I prefer to spell out my full name in writing and whenever my last name is being used. I've always wished my middle name were something like Joseph, instead of Mark. So you might not want to use the middle name of Mark if you name your son Benjamin. :)

Nicknames for Benjamin: | Edit

Benj, Benjy, Jamie, Benji, Ben/Benn, Bennie/Benny, Binns, Benno,Jamin, Benja, Amin, Benjin, Banjo, Benjo, Bemin, Jin, Benster, Benny-Boy, Bunga, Benjibum, Bungabum

Meanings and history of the name Benjamin: | Edit
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Famous real-life people named Benjamin: | Edit

Benjamin Harrison - 23rd President of the United States
Benjamin McKenzie - American actor
Benjamin "Ben" Stiller - American actor
Benjamin "Ben" Affleck - American actor
Benjamin Franklin - Founding Father of the United States
Benjamin "Ben" Roethlisberger - American football player
Benjamin "Ben" Foster - American actor
Benjamin "Benji" Madden- guitarist from American rock band Good Charolette, twin brother of band's lead singer Joel Madden

Benjamin in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Benjamin Bunny", cousin of "Peter Rabbit", in Beatrix Potter's tales for children
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - F. Scott FitzGerald short story being made into a movie starring Brad Pitt
Benjamin Moore - line of house paints in the U.S.
Benjamin was the 12th and youngest son of the Hebrew patriarch Jacob.
Benjamin J. Grimm, the Thing of the Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics character)
Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce (MASH)
the band Breaking Benjamin
Benjamin Linus, character from ABC's Lost.
Benjamin "Ben" Seaver, character from "Growing Pains"
Benjamin from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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