Meaning and Name Origin
Benjamin \b(e)-nja-min, 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 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 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Zev.
Benjamin has 1 feminine form: Benjamina.
Benjamin is a very prominent first name for males (#66 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#840 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Benjamin for boys. Benjamin reached its apex rank of #12 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Benjamin and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Benjamin (#12 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Ben (#723 in 2014), Benny, Bennie, Benjiman and Benjaman. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 and has become significantly lower since, with the versions Ben, Benny, Bennie, Benjiman and Benjaman falling out of style. (2014 Birth Statistics)