What does Benjamin mean?
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. 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 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.Kreatif forms: Binjamin, Bonjamin, Bunjamin. [more]
How popular is Benjamin?
Benjamin is a very prominent first name for males (#66 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#868 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name history of Benjamin for boys. Benjamin reached its apex rank of #12 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)
Ben (#723 in recent rankings), Benny, Bennie, Benjiman and Benjaman are the prominent variation forms of Benjamin (#12 in recent rankings). Usage of these relations of Benjamin was at its highest during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.66%) and has become significantly reduced since (usage 0.21%, ▼68%), with versions like Benny falling out of style.
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Recommended similar baby names are Anakin, Bain, Beacon, Beagan, Beagen, Beagin, Beaman, Beamann, Beamen, Beamer, Beamon, Beamus, Beatie, Beavan, Beaven, Beavis, Beegan, Beegin, Beeman, Beemon, Belamy, Bellamey, Bellamie, Bellamy, Bellarmine, Bellarmino, Bemis, Benicio, Benjiro, Benoit, Bensen, Benson▲, Benssen, Bensson, Bentlie, Benton▼, Benzion, Bergin, Berlin, Bertin, Berwin, Bevan, Bevin, Bevvan, Bevvin, Bjarn, Blain, Bonami, Bonamy, Bradin, Brain▼, Brenan, Brendan▲, Brendin, Brennan▲, Brennin, Brentan, Brentin, Bunyan, Deakin, Dewain, Fermin, Germain, Germin, Glenavin, Glennavin, Jeavin, Jenkin, Jermain, Jermin, Kentin, Serafin, Sinjin and Zefarin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Benjamin.