What does Benny mean?
Benny [ben-ny] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Benny) is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of the name Benny is "son". Benny is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -y, of Ben (Hebrew): short version of Benjamin.
(male) Bennya, Bony, ..
(female) Benky, Benna, ..
How popular is Benny?
Benny is a very popular first name for men (#382 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#22461 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name history of Benny for boys. Benny reached its top position of #188 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is presently at #1444. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Displayed below is an analysis of the statistics of Benny and related names. Benjamin (#10 in recent rankings), Ben (#740), Bennie, Benji and Benjie are the prominent variation forms of Benny (#1444 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Benny was at its highest 135 years ago (usage of 0.9%) and is almost as conventional today (usage 0.7%, ▼13%), but with versions such as Bennie falling out of fashion. Benjamin is the most contemporarily stylish boy name in this compilation.
Benny▼ is pronounced similarly to Benoit and Boni. Other suggested similar names are Barny, Beaty, Benet, Bengt, Bennet, Bennt, Benoni, Bent, Bently▼, Berky, Bern, Bernd, Berne, Bernt, Berny, Berry▼, Berty, Binky, Birny (see Birney), Brenn, Brennt (see Brent), Danny▼, Denny▼, Donny▼, Glenny, Jonny, Kenny▼, Lanny▼, Lenny, Lonny, Manny, Renny, Ronny▼, Sonny▲, Sunny, Tenny and Vinny. These names tend to be less frequently used than Benny.See names in meaning and etymology.