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Gender: M Meaning of Benjamin: "son of the right hand" Origin of Benjamin: Hebrew Benjamin's Popularity in 2013: #14

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Benjamin is a biblical name that has enjoyed widespread favor for decades -- and is attractive and strong enough to be in the Top 15. 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 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.

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Famous People Named Benjamin

Benjamin, son of Jacob in the Old Testament of the Bible
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States
Benjamin McKenzie, American actor
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller, American actor
Benjamin "Ben" Affleck, American actor
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
Benjamin "Ben" Barnes, English actor
Benjamin "Ben" Roethlisberger, American football player
Benjamin "Ben" Lovett, English musician
Benjamin Atkinson, son of actor Rowan Atkinson
Benjamin W. Lee, Korean-American theoretical physicist
Benjamin Filipovic (1962-2002), Bosnian film director
Benjamin Rein Brady (b. 2009), son of Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady
Benjamin Edward Sanaov (b. 2005), son of Alison Sweeney
Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010), son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Benjamin Ford, son of Harrison Ford & Mary Marquardt
Benjamin Storm Keough, grandson of Elvis Presley and son of Lisa Marie
Benjamin Burnley - Lead singer of rock band Breaking Benjamin

Pop Culture References for the Name Benjamin

Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald hero who ages backwards
Benjamin Braddock, hero of "The Graduate"
Benjamin Suddlechop, barber in The Fortunes of Nigel (1822)
Benjamin Kirby Tennyson, main character on Ben 10
Benjamin Hubert Horatio Humphrey Seaver, Growing Pains character
Benjamin Price, character in ABC Family's "Ravenswood"
Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hakweye" Pierce, Main character in M*A*S*H
Benjamin Woodman and Trilo Quist, ventriloquist duo from 'Ace Attorney'

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Benjamin's International Variations

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