Benedict Origin and Meaning

The name Benedict is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "blessed".

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.

# 928 in the US

Benedict Rank in US Top 1000

# 355 on Nameberry

Benedict Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Benedict Popularity

Famous People Named Benedict

  • Saint Benedict of NursiaItalian patron of Europe and students
  • Benedict IXVI, popes (latest resigned 2013)
  • Benedict Timothy Carlton CumberbatchEnglish actor
  • Benedict ArnoldAmerican Revolutionary general and traitor
  • Benedict BiscopAnglo,Saxon abbot
  • Benedict "Ben" CarpenterEnglish sculptor
  • Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" MulroneyCanadian TV presenter
  • Joseph Benedict "Ben" Chifley16th prime minister of Australia
  • Benedict Joseph SemmesJr., American admiral
  • Benedict WongEnglish actor

Benedict in Pop Culture

  • Benedictcharacter in opera "Beatrice et Benedict" by Hector Berlioz
  • Benedict Copelandcharacter in Carson McCullers' "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
  • Benedict of Ambercharacter in the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
  • Benedict aka Fathercharacter in animated series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
  • Nicholas Benedictcharacter in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Terry Benedictvillain in movie "Ocean's Eleven"
  • Eggs benedictbreakfast dish
  • Benedict BlueA postman in Violet Evergarden anime

Benedict in Nameberry Blog Posts