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Gender: M Meaning of Benedict: "blessed" Origin of Benedict: Latin

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Parents who like Ben and Benjamin but find those forms too popular sometimes consider Benedict as a more distinctive choice. Unlike the Old Testament Benjamin, Benedict is the name of the saint who formed the Benedictine Order and of fifteen popes,including a recent one.

Shakespeare used a variant form--Benedick--for the character in Much Ado About Nothing. Other options are Bennett and Benno.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a rising British stage, film and TV actor, who has been seen as Stephen Hawking, William Pitt, Dr. Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monster, and currently as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series.

Just one caveat: There is the link to that infamous traitor Benedict Arnold.

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Famous People Named Benedict

Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italian patron of Europe and students
Benedict I-XVI, popes (latest resigned 2013)
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, English actor
Benedict Arnold, American Revolutionary general and traitor
Benedict Biscop, Anglo-Saxon abbot
Benedict "Ben" Carpenter, English sculptor
Joseph Benedict "Ben" Chifley, 16th prime minister of Australia
Benedict Joseph Semmes, Jr., American admiral

Pop Culture References for the Name Benedict

Benedict, character in opera "Beatrice et Benedict" by Hector Berlioz
Terry Benedict, villain in movie "Ocean's Eleven"
Benedict Copeland, character in Carson McCullers' "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
Benedict of Amber, character in the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Eggs benedict, breakfast dish

Ben, Bendick, Bendict, Benedikte, Benedykt, Bennedict, Bennedikt, Bennet, Bennett, Bennie, Bennito, Bennt, Benny, Betto, Dick, Dix

Benedict's International Variations

Benet (Catalan) Bendt (Danish) Bendix, Benedick (Dutch) Benke, Benedek, Benedik (Eastern European) Pentti (Finnish) Benôit (French) Venedict (Greek) Bence, Bendek (Hungarian) Benen (Irish) Benedetto (Italian) Bendik (Norwegian) Benito (Portuguese) Benedikt, Venya, Venka, Venedikt (Russian) Benneit (Scottish Gaelic) Beng (Swedish) Benoit (Yiddish)