Benedict

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Gender: Male Meaning of Benedict: "blessed" Origin of Benedict: Latin

The name Benedict is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "blessed". Benedict and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Least Favorite - B/G Twins with middles".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Benedict

Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italian patron of Europe and students
Benedict I-XVI, popes (latest resigned 2013)
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, English actor
Benedict Arnold, American Revolutionary general and traitor
Benedict Biscop, Anglo-Saxon abbot
Benedict "Ben" Carpenter, English sculptor
Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney, Canadian TV presenter
Joseph Benedict "Ben" Chifley, 16th prime minister of Australia
Benedict Joseph Semmes, Jr., American admiral
Benedict Wong, English actor

Pop Culture References for the name Benedict

Benedict, character in opera "Beatrice et Benedict" by Hector Berlioz
Terry Benedict, villain in movie "Ocean's Eleven"
Benedict Copeland, character in Carson McCullers' "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
Benedict of Amber, character in the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Nicholas Benedict, character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart
Benedict aka Father, character in animated series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
Eggs benedict, breakfast dish

Betto, Bennie, Benedykt, Dix, Dick, Bendict, Benedikte, Bennet, Bendick, Ben, Bennedikt, Bennt, Benny, Bennedict, Bennett, Bennito

Benedict's International Variations

Benedetto (Italian) Bence, Bendek (Hungarian) Beng (Swedish) Benedikt, Venya, Venka, Venedikt (Russian) Bendik (Norwegian) Benôit (French) Benneit (Scottish Gaelic) Venedict (Greek) Benke, Benedek, Benedik (Eastern European) Bendt (Danish) Benoit (Yiddish) Benet (Catalan) Bendix, Benedick (Dutch) Pentti (Finnish) Benen (Irish) Benito (Portuguese)