What does Benedict mean?
Benedict \b(e)-nedi-ct, ben(e)-dict\ as a boys' name is pronounced BEN-a-dikt. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Benedict is "blessed". From Church Latin Benedictus. A name used by 16 popes and the saint who founded the Christian monastic order, the Benedictines, whose rule of the great monastery at Monte Cassino in Italy is simple, restrained, and practical. Shakespeare's Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" is a self-assured, witty bachelor. Benedict is used mainly by Roman Catholics; Bennett is the more common form. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini; actor Benicio del Toro.
Benedict▼ has 23 variants: Ben▼, Bendick, Bendict, Benedetto, Benedick, Benedicto, Benedictos, Benedictus, Benedikt, Benedikte, Bengt, Benicio, Benito▼, Bennedict, Bennedikt, Bennet, Bennett▲, Bennie▼, Bennito, Bennt, Benoit, Bent and Venedictos.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Baruch.
Benedict is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1124 out of 1220, Top 92%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#2062 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Benedict for boys. Benedict reached its apex rank of #567 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Benedict and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Benedict are Ben (#723 the previous year), Benito, Bennett (#166) and Bennie. This boy name reached the top of its popularity during the years 1930-1939 and is now much less popular, with the versions Ben, Benedict, Benito and Bennie becoming less trendy. Bennett (#166) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here, with this name having a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)