Benjamin Name Meaning & Origin


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.

Related Names:

Ben, Benjamen, Benny

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Comments and insights on the name Benjamin

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

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 worked with a guy named Benjamin who was called Benji. He was one of the nicest people I ever worked with. I think Benji is an ok nickname because it reminds me of this nice person.

Our son goes by the nickname Ben at school, but as there are two Bens 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.

My husband and son are both Benjamins. My husband goes by Ben and we call my son Benny. I like that he'll have lots of names to choose from as he gets older.

My 1 year younger nephew is named Benjamin, but we always call him ben, like, ALWAYS, i dont thinkv we ever called him benjamin

Nicknames for Benjamin

Benj, Benjy, Jamie, Benji, Ben/Benn, Bennie/Benny, Binns, Benno,Jamin, Benja, Amin, Benjin, Banjo, Benjo, Bemin, Jin, Benster, Benny-Boy, Bunga, Benjibum, Bungabum, Bennyhana
I have a friend named Benjamin and I call him "Neb (Ben backwards)" and "Benny Bunny"

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

Benjamin/Ben Bruce-guitarist for metalcore band Asking Alexandria
Benjamin/Ben Burnley-singer for rock band Breaking Benjamin
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" Gibbard - lead singer of band Death Cab for Cutie
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 "Ben" Hall, bushranger
Benjamin Brady (b. 2009), son of Brazilian model and actress Gisele Bündchen and American football quarterback Tom Brady
Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010), son of American actor, film producer, dancer, and singer John Travolta and American actress and former model Kelly Preston
Benjamin Flores Jr., American actor and rapper

Benjamin in song, story & screen

"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
Benjamin "Ben" Carpenter from The Little House series
Ben Kenobi aka Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars
Uncle Ben from the Spider-Man comics
Ben Reilly, Peter Parker's clone from the Spider-Man comics
Benjamin Deeds from the X-Men comics
Benjamin Sisko of Deep Space Nine
King Benjamin "Ben," son of Beast and Belle, from Disney's Descendants

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