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Ben 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.

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

For more information, see also the related name Bentley.

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.

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Popularity of Ben

Ben is a very popular first name for males (#212 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10260 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Ben name for boys (2012 statistics). Compare Ben with its variant forms and related boy baby names.

Top 1000 ranking of Ben name in U.S.

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