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 information, 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 (#1964 out of 150436, Top 1%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Benedict and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Benedict listed in the Top 1000 are Ben (#723 the previous year), Benito, Bennett (#166) and Bennie. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.5748%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.2222%, down 61.3%), with the versions Ben, Benedict, Benito and Bennie becoming less trendy. Bennett (#166) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here, and there is a rekindling in birth name usage for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)