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What does Benedict mean?

Benedict Pronunciation of Benedict as a boys' name is pronounced BEN-a-dikt. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Benedict is "blessed". From Church Latin Benedictus. A name used by 16 popes and the saint who founded the Christian monastic order, the Benedictines, whose rule of the great monastery at Monte Cassino in Italy is simple, restrained, and practical. Shakespeare's Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" is a self-assured, witty bachelor. Benedict is used mainly by Roman Catholics; Bennett is the more common form. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini; actor Benicio del Toro.


ASSOCIATED WITH blessed, saint, rule (king), great, roman


VARIANTS Ben, Bendick, Bendict, Benedetto, Benedick, Benedicto, Benedictos, Benedictus, Benedikt, Benedikte, Bengt, Benicio, Benito, Bennedict, Bennedikt, Bennet, Bennett, Bennie, Bennito, Bennt, Benoit, Bent, Venedictos


FEMININE FORMS Benedicta, Benita



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How popular is Benedict?

Benedict is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1124 out of 1220, Top 92%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#1964 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Benedict reached its apex rank of #499 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #981 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Benedict (#981 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) listed in the Top 2000 are Ben (#692), Benicio (#880), Benito (#1785), Bennett (#120) and Bennie. These relations of Benedict were favored a century ago (MEDIAN #849) and are somewhat less common today (#1076, 38%), with versions like Ben becoming less trendy. Benedict, Benicio and Bennett are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benedict, Ben, Benicio, Benito, Bennett, Bennie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Beaudine, Beech, Beegin, Benji, Benjie, Benjiro, Benoni, Bentlie, Benzion, Beric, Berndt, Bernet, Bernett, Brendin, Brendt and Kenedi. These names tend to be less commonly used than Benedict.

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