Meaning and name origin
Benjamin \b(e)-nja-min, ben-jamin\ as a boy's 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 great popularity by the 1970s. Ben is the short form; Benjie, Bennie, and Benny are pet forms. 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.
Benjamin has 29 variant forms: 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Zev.
There is 1 feminine form of Benjamin: Benjamina.
Benjamin is a very popular first name for males (#66 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#840 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Benjamin for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Benjamin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Benjamin (#12), Ben (#723), Benjiman, Benjaman, Bennie and Benny. (2014 statistics).