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Gender: M Meaning of Benjamin: "son of the right hand" Origin of Benjamin: Hebrew Benjamin's Popularity in 2015: #10

Benjamin is a biblical name that has enjoyed widespread favor for decades -- and is attractive and strong enough for it to break into the top 10 for the first time ever in 2015. One of those golden boys' names that feels traditional as well as sensitive and stylish, Benjamin has the further advantage of the friendly, accessible nickname Ben.

In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob and Rachel in the Book of Genesis, and he was one of the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. There have been numerous other notable Benjamin namesakes that followed, from Benjamin Franklin to Dr. Benjamin Spock. The name's popularity spiked after the release of The Graduate in 1967, with Dustin Hoffman playing the iconic Benjamin Braddock.

Two recent, high-profile baby Benjamins were born to Kelly Preston and John Travolta, and to Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady.

Famous People Named Benjamin

Benjamin, son of Jacob in the Old Testament of the Bible
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd U.S. president
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister
Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, 9th Prime Minister of Israel
(Edward) Benjamin Britten, English composer
Benjamin Franklin "Bluff" Wade, U.S. Senator from Ohio
Benjamin Banneker, American scientist and surveyor
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller, American actor
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, American actor and director
Benjamin Thomas "Ben" Barnes, English actor
Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger, American NFL football player
Benjamin "Ben" McKenzie (Schenkkan), American actor
Benjamin "Ben" Gibbard, American musician
Benjamin John "Ben" Howard, English singer-songwriter
Benjamin Chase "Ben" Harper, American singer-songwriter
Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein, American actor, TV personality and politician
Benjamin John "Ben" Whishaw, English actor
Benjamin Lev "Ben" Kweller, American singer-songwriter
Benjamin "Ben" Lovett, English musician
Benjamin Biolay, French singer-songwriter
Benjamin Scott "Ben" Folds, American singer-songwriter
Benjamin W. Lee, Korean-American theoretical physicist
Benjamin Morrell, American sea captain and memoirist
Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort, New Zealand architect
Benjamin Franklin Tilley, 1st Governor of American Samoa
Benjamin Ricketson Tucker, American anarchist
Benjamin Alexandro Agosto, American Olympic ice dancer
Benjamin Leiner, birth name of American boxer Benny Leonard
Benjamin Burnley, American musician
Benjamin Filipovic, Bosnian film director
Benjamin Atkinson, son of British actor Rowan Atkinson
Benjamin Rein Brady (b. 2009), son of model Gisele Bundchen and athlete Tom Brady
Benjamin Edward Sanaov (b. 2005), son of American actress Alison Sweeney
Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010), son of American actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Benjamin Ford, son of American actor Harrison Ford
Benjamin Storm Keough, son of American singer Lisa Marie Presley
Benjamin Stone, English actor

Pop Culture References for the name Benjamin

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," F. Scott Fitzgerald story and film
Benjamin Braddock, main character in film "The Graduate"
Benjamin Suddlechop, barber in The Fortunes of Nigel (1822) by Sir Walter Scott
Benjamin Kirby Tennyson, main character on animated series "Ben 10"
Benjamin Hubert Horatio Humphrey Seaver, character on TV's "Growing Pains"
Benjamin Price, character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hakweye" Pierce, main character on TV's M*A*S*H
Benjamin Woodman and Trilo Quist, ventriloquist duo in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Benjamin "Ben" Wyatt, character on TV's Parks and Recreation
Benjamin Brown, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Benjamin "Benny" Alden, character in Gertrude Chandler Warner's "The Boxcar Children"

Benjamin's International Variations

Beniamin (Slavic) Benjaminho (Portuguese) Benjammén, Min, Chelín, Mincho, Benja, Venjamín, Benjamé, Benjemín, Beniamín, Mino (Spanish) Benjamino, Beniamino (Italian) Benkamin (Basque) Beinish (Yiddish) Binyamin (Israeli) Bannerjee (Gaelic) Veniamin (Greek)