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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

Benedict Cumberbatch, British actor, heart throb, Smaug the dragon, and detective. Rather nice to look at.
Benedict Joseph Semmes, American politician
Pope Benedict XVI

Pop Culture References for the Name Benedict

The great 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza was also known as Benedict de Spinoza
Benedick, a character from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The character is the source of the word "benedict", meaning a newly married man who has long been a bachelor
Benedict, the title character in Berlioz's opera Beatrice et Benedict
Terry Benedict, a villain in Ocean's Eleven
Benedict Copeland, black doctor in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) by Carson McCullers
Benedict of Amber, from the Chronicles of Amber
Mysterious Benedict Society
Eggs benedict, the food.

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)