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What does Benson mean?

Benson Pronunciation of Benson [ben-son] as a boys' name means "son of Ben". Transferred use of the surname as a given name since the 19th century. Also linked to the place Benson (formerly Bensington) in Oxfordshire.

Associated with: surname, 19th century.


Benson has 3 variants: Bensen, Benssen and Bensson.

Creative forms:
(male) Bevson, Binson, ..

(female) Bengen, Bensia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Benson Calder (B.C.), ..

How popular is Benson?

Benson is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#332 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Benson reached its top rank of #470 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Benson is pronounced similarly to Benzion. Other recommended names are Aeson, Annson, Anson, Babson, Beacon, Beamon, Beemon, Beldon, Belton, Benigno, Benjamon (see Benjamin), Benn, Benno, Benoni, Benton, Berton, Bevon, Bevvon (see Bevan), Beyron, Branson, Brendon, Brennon, Brenton, Bronson, Bryson, Denison, Fenton, Gerson, Hanson, Hewson, Janson, Jensen, Jenson, Jensson, Jonson, Kendon, Kennon, Kenton, Kenyon, Nelson, Person, Renton, Ronson, Sanson, Swenson, Tanson, Vinson and Zenon. These names tend to be more commonly used than Benson.

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