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What does Benjamin mean?

Benjamin Pronunciation of Benjamin [ben-jamin] as a boys' name is pronounced BEN-ja-men. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Benjamin is "son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age". Biblical: Benyamin was the 12th, youngest and most beloved son of the patriarch Jacob and Rachel, and was originally named Benoni. In the Middle Ages, it was often given to sons whose mothers had died in childbirth, though it has no such connotations today. Brought into use by the Puritans until the end of the 19th century. After several decades of disuse, came back to popularity by the 1970s. Diplomat and inventor Benjamin Franklin; American President Benjamin Harrison; jazz musician Benny Goodman; pediatrician and oracle Benjamin Spock; British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli; actor Benjamin Bratt.

Associated with: old, biblical, patriarch (leader), puritans, 19th century, oracle (prophet), british (england).


Benjamin has 29 variants: Ben, Benejamen, Beniamino, Benjaman, Benjamen, Benjamino, Benjamon, Benjee, Benjey, Benji, Benjie, Benjiman, Benjimen, Benjy, Benn, Bennie, Benno, Benny, Benyamin, Benyamino, Bibi, Binyamin, Binyamino, Jamin, Veniamin, Venyamin, Yamin, Yamino and Yemin.

Related boy name: Zev.

Benjamin has 1 feminine form: Benjamina.

Creative forms:
(male) Benjamby, Benjamron, ..

(female) Benjamie, Benjamna, ..

Middle name pairings:
Benjamin Isaias (B.I.), ..

How popular is Benjamin?

Benjamin is a very prominent first name for men (#66 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#868 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Benjamin for boys. Benjamin reached its peak position of #10 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted analysis of the ranking of Benjamin and corresponding names. Ben (#740 from current records), Benny (#1444), Bennie, Jamin, Benjiman, Benji, Benjaman, Benjamen and Benjie are the popular variation forms of Benjamin (#10 from current records). Adoption of these relations of Benjamin was widespread during 1880-1889 (median #914) and is almost as conventional today (#1619, down 17%), but with forms like Benjiman falling out of fashion. Benjamin is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benjamin, Ben, Benjaman, Benjamen, Benji in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benjie, Benjiman, Bennie, Benny, Jamin in U.S.

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