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Gender: M Meaning of Ben: "son of" Origin of Ben: Hebrew Ben's Popularity in 2013: #749

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Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill.

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Famous People Named Ben

Benjamin "Ben" Jonson, English poet and playwright
Ben Hecht, American screenwriter
Benjamin Géza "Ben" Affleck, American actor and director
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller, American actor and director
Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger, American football player
Benjamin Thomas "Ben" Barnes, English actor
Benjamin David "Ben" Gillies, Australian drummer for band Silverchair
Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster, American actor
Bennett Joseph "Ben" Savage, American actor
Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney, Canadian TV presenter
Bennett "Ben" Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Benjamin "Ben" Gibbard, American musician of Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service
Benjamin Jon "Ben" Whishaw, English actor
Benjamin Lauder "Ben" Nicholson, English painter
Benjamin "Ben" Lovett, English musician of band Mumford & Sons
Benedict "Ben" Carpenter, English sculptor
Joseph Benedict "Ben" Chifley, 16th prime minister of Australia
Hunter Benedict "Ben" Shepherd, bassist for American band Soundgarden
Ben Roy Mottelson, American-Danish nuclear physicist and Nobel prize winner
Ben Haggerty aka Macklemore, American rapper

Pop Culture References for the Name Ben

Ben Kenobi, alias used by Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: A New Hope"
"Ben," 1972 horror film about a boy and his pet rat, Ben
"Ben," song performed by Michael Jackson for the 1970s film of the same name
Ben Geller, Ross and Carol's son on TV's "Friends"
Ben Tennyson, main character on animated series "Ben 10"
Ben Warren, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Ben Elf, character from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Ben Healy, cop character from TV series "American Gothic"
Ben Grimm aka The Thing, character in Fantastic Four comics
Uncle Ben Parker, character in the Spider-Man series
BEN drowned, urban myth about a haunted Pokemon cartridge
Ben Chang, character from TV series "Community"
Ben "Zombie" Parish, character from the book "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey
Ben Linus, character on TV's "Lost"
Ben Davidson, character on soap "One Life to Live"
Ben Mitchell, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Ben Wyatt, character on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
Ben Quadrinaros, pod-racer in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"
Ben the Tank Engine Twin, character on TV's "Thomas & Friends"
Ben Jackson, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Ben Boykewich, character on TV's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Ben Fitzgerald, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Ben McPhee, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Ben Bruckner, character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
Ben Braeden, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Ben Westbourne, character on TV soap "General Hospital"
Ben Davies, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Ben Harper, character on British TV's "My Family"
Uncle Ben's, brand of rice

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