Meaning and name origin
Ben \ben\ as a boy's 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Bentley.
There is 1 feminine form of Ben: Bena.
Ben is a very popular first name for males (#212 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10260 out of 88799, Top 12%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ben for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ben and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Benjamin (#12), Bentley (#89), Bennett (#166), Ben (#723), Benny, Benedict and Bennie. (2014 statistics).
Ben is also pronounced similarly to Bain, Ban, Bane, Binh, Bowen and Boyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Benno, Bent, Bern, Bev, Boni, Bren, Den, Ken, Len, Pen and Ren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ben.