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What does Benedict mean?

Benedict Pronunciation of Benedict [bene-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.

Associated with: blessed, saint, rule (king), great, roman.


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.

2 more related forms via Bennett: Benet and Benett.

2 feminine forms: Benedicta and Benita.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Benedict?

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. Demographics)

Benedict reached its apex rank of #499 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #1209 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benedict name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Benedict outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Benedict (#1209 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000 are Ben (#740 the previous year), Benicio (#1324), Benito (#1742), Bennett (#153) and Bennie. These relations of Benedict were favored a century ago (median #849) and are now much less common (#1194, 52%), with versions like Ben becoming less trendy. Bennett is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benedict, Ben, Benicio, Benito, Bennett, Bennie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ben outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Beaudine, Beech, Beegin, Benji, Benjie, Benjiro, Benoni, Bentlie, Benzion, Beric, Berndt, Bernet, Bernett, Brendin, Brendt and Kenedi. These names tend to be less commonly used than Benedict.

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