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What does Benjamin mean?

Benjamin Pronunciation of Benjamin 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 popularity by the 1970s. 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old, biblical, patriarch (leader), puritans, 19th century, oracle (prophet), british (england)


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, Yemin





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How popular is Benjamin?

Benjamin is a very prominent first name for males (#66 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#868 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Benjamin reached its apex rank of #6 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Ben (#692 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Zev (#975), Benny (#1268), Benji (#1977), Benjaman, Benjamen, Benjie, Benjiman, Bennie and Jamin are the prominent variation forms of Benjamin (#6). Adoption of these relations of Benjamin was at its highest during 1880-1889 (USAGE OF 0.9%) and is almost as conventional today (USAGE 0.8%, 12%), but with versions like Benny going out of style. Benjamin has been the most recognizable form, though Zev has gained in popularity over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benjamin, Ben, Benjaman, Benjamen, Benji in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Benjie, Benjiman, Bennie, Benny, Jamin, Zev in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Anakin, Bain, Beacon, Beagan, Beagen, Beagin, Beaman, Beamann (see Beaman), Beamen, Beamer, Beamon, Beamus, Beatie, Beavan, Beaven, Beavis, Beegan, Beegin, Beeman, Beemon, Belamy, Bellamey, Bellamie, Bellamy, Bellarmine, Bellarmino (see Bellarmine), Bemis, Benicio, Benjiro, Benoit, Bensen, Benson, Benssen (see Benson), Bensson, Bentlie, Benton, Benzion, Bergin, Berlin, Bertin, Berwin, Bevan, Bevin, Bevvan, Bevvin, Bjarn, Blain, Bonami, Bonamy, Bradin, Brain, Brenan, Brendan, Brendin, Brennan, Brennin, Brentan, Brentin, Bunyan, Deakin, Dewain, Fermin, Germain, Germin, Glenavin, Glennavin, Jeavin, Jenkin, Jermain, Jermin, Kentin, Serafin, Sinjin and Zefarin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Benjamin.

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