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Benny (girl)

What does Benny mean?

Benny Pronunciation of Benny [ben-ny] as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Benny) means "blessed; strong, brave bear". Benny is an alternate spelling of Benita (Spanish, Latin): feminine version of Benedict. Benny is also a derivative of Bernadette (French, Old German): feminine of Bernard.

Associated with: blessed, strong, brave.


Benny has 5 variants: Benni, Bennie, Benoite, Binnie and Binny.

6 more related forms via Benita, Bernadette: Bera, Berna, Bernee, Bernie, Bernina and Berny.

2 masculine forms: Ben and Benjamin.

Creative forms:
(female) Beny, Biny, ..

(male) Benly, Bennya, ..

Middle name pairings:
Benny Jordan (B.J.), ..

How popular is Benny?

Benny is an uncommon given name for women but a very popular last name for all people (#22461 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Benny (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000 are Bernadette (#1492 via latest list), Bernie, Berna, Bera, Bennie and Benita. These forms of Benny were at the apex of their popularity in the 1940s (median #1171) and have become much less popular since. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benita, Bennie, Bera, Berna, Bernadette, Bernie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Benny and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Benny is alike in pronunciation to Banee, Bena, Bianey, Bina, Binah, Bogna, Bonie, Bonnee, Bonney, Bonni, Bonnie, Bonny, Buena, Buna, Bunnee, Bunni, Bunnie, Bunny and Byna. Other suggested similar names are Anny, Becky, Bente, Bently, Berni, Berry, Berty, Bessy, Bethy, Betsy, Betty, Bevvy, Bindy, Blinny, Bonne, Brenn, Brenna, Brenne, Bretny (see Brittany), Briny, Bronny, Bunty, Cinny, Conny, Danny, Denny, Dinny, Donny, Fanny, Genny, Ginny, Gwenny, Hanny, Janny, Jenny, Jinny, Konny, Lanny, Minny, Nanny, Penny, Peony, Renny, Ronny, Sanny, Sinny, Sunny, Vinny and Winny. These names tend to be more commonly used than Benny.

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