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pinWhat does Ben mean?

Ben /ben/ as a boys' name is pronounced ben. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ben is "son".

Short form of Benjamin, or less commonly of Benedict or Bennett. Now used as an independent given name, being especially popular in Ireland. Many Hebrew names combine Ben with another name, for example Ben-Baruch, meaning "son of the blessed". Bennie and Benny are pet forms; Benn is an English surname. Playwright Ben Jonson; actors Ben Gazzara, Ben Stiller, Ben Vereen, Ben Affleck; musician Benny Goodman.


Ben has 6 variants: Benji, Benjy, Benn, Benne, Bennie and Benny.

Related boy name: Bentley.

Ben has 46 more different relations via Benedict, Benjamin, Bennett, Bennie, Benny: Bendick, Bendict, Benedetto, Benedick, Benedicto, Benedictos, Benedictus, Benedikt, Benedikte, Benejamen, Benet, Benett, Bengt, Beniamino, Benicio, Benito, Benjaman, Benjamen, Benjamino, Benjamon, Benjee, Benjey, Benjie, Benjiman, Benjimen, Bennedict, Bennedikt, Bennet, Bennett, Bennito, Benno, Bennt, Benoit, Bent, Benyamin, Benyamino, Bibi, Binyamin, Binyamino, Jamin, Venedictos, Veniamin, Venyamin, Yamin, Yamino and Yemin.

Ben has 1 feminine form: Bena.

Kreatif forms: Benbe, Benly, Benti. [more]

pinHow popular is Ben?

Ben is a very popular first name for males (#212 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#10408 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ben for boys. Ben entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #53 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #723. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ben name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ben outside U.S.

Popular related forms of Ben (#723 2 years ago) are Benjamin (#12 2 years ago), Bentley (#89), Bennett (#166), Bennie, Benny, Benjiman, Benito, Benjaman and Benedict. Other variants, like Benyamin, are seldom used. These forms of Ben reached the height of their popularity during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4553%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.301%, 33.9% less), with versions such as Ben, Benjaman, Benedict, Benito and Benjiman falling out of style. Benjamin is a perennial favorite, although Bentley appears to be getting popular too. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Ben and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ben, Benedict, Benito, Benjaman, Benjamin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Benjiman, Bennett, Bennie, Benny, Bentley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ben, Benjamin, Bentley outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

Ben is alike in pronunciation to Bain, Ban, Bane, Binh, Bowen and Boyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Bern, Bev, Boni, Bren, Den, Ken, Len, Pen and Ren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ben.