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Gender: Male Meaning of Ben: "son of" Origin of Ben: Hebrew Ben's Popularity in 2017: #729

The name Ben is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of". Ben is ranked #729 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A Brother For Liam, A Sister For Emma".

From the experts:

Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill.

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Famous People Named Ben

Ben, Levite in King David's day (1 Chr. 15:18)
Benjamin "Ben" Jonson, English poet and playwright
Ben Hecht, American screenwriter
Ben Feldman, American actor
Ben Affleck (born Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt), American actor and director
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller, American actor and director
Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger, American football player
Benjamin Thomas "Ben" Barnes, English actor
Benjamin David "Ben" Gillies, Australian drummer
Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster, American actor
Bennett Joseph "Ben" Savage, American actor
Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney, Canadian TV presenter
Bennett "Ben" Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr., American politician and retired neurosurgeon
Ben Lawrence, brother of actress Jennifer Lawrence
Benjamin "Ben" Gibbard, American musician
Benjamin Jon "Ben" Whishaw, English actor
Benjamin Lauder "Ben" Nicholson, English painter
Benedict "Ben" Carpenter, English sculptor
Joseph Benedict "Ben" Chifley, 16th prime minister of Australia
Hunter Benedict "Ben" Shepherd, American bassist
Ben Roy Mottelson, American-Danish nuclear physicist and Nobel prize winner
Ben Haggerty aka Macklemore, American rapper
Benjamin Scott "Ben" Falcone, American actor, comedian and filmmaker
Benjamin Michael "Ben" Seewald, husband of reality TV personality Jessa Duggar
Benjamin August "Ben" Eckstein, American child actor; triplet brothers Alexander & Caleb
Ben Vereen, American actor, dancer, and singer
Benjamin Arthur "Ben" McKee, American musician of band Imagine Dragons
Benjamin Schiff “BenPlatt, American stage actor
Benjamin "Ben" Tyler Cook, American actor, singer and dancer
Ben Needham, English boy who went missing on the Greek island of Kos in 1991
Ben, stage name of Lee Eunyoung; singer, songwriter, dancer, and former member of South Korean girl group Bebe Mignon
Benjamin Levi "Ben" Ross, American stage actor
Benjamin "Ben" Halloran, Australian international footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Ben

Ben Kenobi, alias used by Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: A New Hope"
Ben Solo, the given name of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" villain, Kylo Ren
"Ben," 1972 horror film about a boy and his pet rat, Ben
"Ben," song performed by Michael Jackson for the 1970s film of the same name
Ben Geller, Ross and Carol's son on TV's "Friends"
Ben Warren, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Ben Elf, character from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Ben Healy, cop character from TV series "American Gothic"
Ben Grimm aka The Thing, character in Fantastic Four comics
Uncle Ben Parker, character in the Spider-Man series
BEN Drowned, urban myth about a haunted "Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" cartridge
Ben Chang, character from TV series "Community"
Ben "Zombie" Parish, character from the book "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey
Ben Linus, character on TV's "Lost"
Ben Davidson, character on soap "One Life to Live"
Ben Mitchell, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Ben Wyatt, character on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
Ben Quadrinaros, pod-racer in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"
Ben the Tank Engine Twin, character on TV's "Thomas & Friends"
Ben Jackson, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Ben Boykewich, character on TV's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Ben Fitzgerald, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Ben McPhee, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Ben Bruckner, character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
Ben Braeden, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Ben Mitchell, character in "Wolf Creek"
Ben Westbourne, character on TV soap "General Hospital"
Ben Davies, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Ben Harper, character on British TV's "My Family"
Ben "Bonk" Knox, character in DC Universe
Uncle Ben's, brand of rice
Ben Brockman, character on TV show 'Outnumbered'
Ben, one of the main characters of Cartoon Saloon's, Song of the Sea
Ben Florian, son of Belle and the Beast in Disney's Descendants
Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Benjamin "Ben" Tennyson-character in Ben 10
Ben Cartwright, a main character on TV's "Bonanza"
Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Gates, main character of the "National Treaure" movies
Ben Cobalt, character in the Addicted Series
Ben Walsh, character in "Flowerpot"
Ben Aaronson-Penderwick, character in "The Penderwicks" by Jeanne Birsdsill
Ben Berry, character in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
Ben Copper, a character in Hogwarts Mystery

Benn, Benjie, Benny, Benno, Bennie


RoddyThlayli Says:


If you factor in all the Benjamins, Bennetts, Benedicts etc. who could be called Ben, it's a lot more popular than it appears on charts.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


It's weird seeing as this name is not popular, but I know a bunch of boys called Ben?

kertheshe Says:


Very overused, wouldn't name my kid this.

Ben Says:


I Like My Name Ben