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What does Ben mean?

Ben Pronunciation of Ben as a boys' name is pronounced ben. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ben is "son". Short form of Benjamin, or less commonly of Benedict or Bennett. Now used as an independent given name, being especially popular in Ireland. Many Hebrew names combine Ben with another name, for example Ben-Baruch, meaning "son of the blessed". Bennie and Benny are pet forms; Benn is an English surname. Playwright Ben Jonson; actors Ben Gazzara, Ben Stiller, Ben Vereen, Ben Affleck; musician Benny Goodman. Also form of Bentley.


ASSOCIATED WITH popular (famous), ireland (gaelic), blessed, surname


VARIANTS Benji, Benjy, Benn, Benne, Bennie, Benny

OTHER FORMS VIA BENEDICT, BENJAMIN, BENNETT, BENNIE, BENNY Benet, Benett, Bengt, Benito, Benjee, Benjey, Benjie, Bennet, Benno, Bennt, Benoit, Bent, Bibi, Yemin




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How popular is Ben?

Ben is a very popular first name for males (#212 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#10408 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Ben entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #53 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #692. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Ben (#692 IN 2018) are Benjamin (#6), Bennett (#120), Bentley (#121), Benedict (#981), Benny (#1268), Benito (#1785), Benji (#1977), Benjie and Bennie. Other variants, like Bent, are seldom used. These forms of Ben reached the height of their popularity 2 years ago (USAGE OF 1.18%) and have remained as popular to this day (USAGE 1.15%, 2.4% LESS), but with versions such as Benny going out of style. Bennett, Benjamin and Benedict are three of the more fashionable names for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ben, Benedict, Benito, Benjamin, Benji in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benjie, Bennett, Bennie, Benny, Bentley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ben, Benjamin, Bennett, Bentley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ben is alike in pronunciation to Bain, Ban, Bane, Bayne, Binh, Boine, Boone, Bowen, Bowin, Boyn and Boyne. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bern, Bev, Bren, Den, Ken, Len, Pen and Ren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ben.

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