What 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Bentley.
Ben▼ has 46 more different forms 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.
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 reached its top rank of #53 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #723. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Popular related forms of Ben (#723 in 2014) are Benjamin (#12 in 2014), Bentley (#89), Bennett (#166), Bennie, Benny, Benjiman, Benito, Benjaman and Benedict. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4553%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.301%, down 33.9%), with versions such as Ben, Benjaman, Benedict, Benito and Benjiman falling out of style. Bentley (#89) and Bennett (#166) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns among these, and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for Bennett. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Ben and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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.