Benno Origin and Meaning

The name Benno is a boy's name of German origin meaning "bear".

Benno is a cool name in its own right -- there was a tenth century Saint Benno -- though it is also used as a lively nickname for Benjamin. Saint Benno of Meissen is the patron saint of anglers and weavers and, strangely enough, alliteration.

Benno came to attention in the U.S. via the father and son duo of Benno Schmidt Sr. and Jr. Senior was the venture capitalist who invented the term venture capitalist and Junior was the president of Yale University. Benno is also the appellation of a student character in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.

# 2043 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Benno

  • Saint Benno of Meissen11th century German bishop
  • Benno FurmannGerman actor
  • Benno MoiseiwitschUkrainian,British pianist
  • Benno JanssenAmerican architect
  • Benno C. Schmidt Sr. and Jr.American venture capitalist and educator
  • Benno MohlmannGerman footballer
  • Benno de GoeijDutch trance music producer
  • Benno BessonSwiss actor/director
  • Benno SchotzScottish artist
  • Benno Batalison of American Celebrity Chef Mario Batali

Benno in Pop Culture

  • Benno "Bambi" HirschbergerCharacter on German Soap Opera "Unter Uns"
  • Benno Gilbertcharacter in an episode of Law and Order SVU