Meaning and name origin
Benedict \b(e)-nedi-ct, ben(e)-dict\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: 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 information, see also the related boy name Baruch.
Benedict is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1124 out of 1220, Top 92%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#2062 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Benedict for boys. Benedict reached its highest rank of #567 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Benedict and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bennett (#166), Ben (#723), Bennie, Benito and Benedict. (2014 statistics).