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The name Benjamin has the following meaning:

Son of the right hand. Old Testament name which has enjoyed much popularity for decades. Highly popular among parents.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Benjamin is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 25 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Benjamin rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 5 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 20 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Benjamin in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Benjamin is pronounced as ben-juh-min


Benjamin originates from the Hebrew language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Benjamin and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Benjamin: Boys - Amarion, Amos, Cohen, Dor, Harrell, Jame, Jeremiah, Johan, Judd, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Sampson, Samson, Tobias, Zackary, Zayden, Girls - Atha, Athalia, Migdalia, Sherilyn, Tamara, Both genders - Anna, Ariel, Betty, Dagan, Dagen, Dalit


Popular Variants for the name Benjamin: Beinish, Benejamen (Czech), Beniamin, Beniamino (Russian), Benjamen, Benji (Greek), Benjie, Benjy, Benkamin, Binyamin, Binyamino, Peni, Veniamin, Venjamin


Common nicknames for the name Benjamin are: Ben, Benno, Benji


We think the name Benjamin should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Benjamin to be: A tall and strong chap

In one word, you might describe Benjamin as a(n) "strong" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Benjamin (or its variants) are:

Shelton Benjamin, born on 9 July, a famous wrestler. Shelton Benjamin's background: An American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) working on its ECW brand. Benjamin has an amateur wrestling background, including wrestling in high school and at the University of Minnesota. After spending time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, WWE moved him to the SmackDown! brand. During his tenure with the company, he has won the WWE Intercontinental Championship three times, and he has held the WWE Tag Team Championship and OVW Southern Tag Team Championship two and four times, respectively.

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin, born on 15 July, a famous translator. Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin's background: A German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem.

Benjamin Franklin, born on 17 January, a famous author. Benjamin Franklin's background: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat. As a scientist he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and a musical instrument. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity and as a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible.
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