Gender: Male Meaning of Benjamin: "son of the right hand" Origin of Benjamin: Hebrew Benjamin's Popularity in 2018: #6

Benjamin Origin and Meaning

The name Benjamin is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of the right hand".

Benjamin is derived from the Hebrew name Binyamin, from the elements ben, meaning “son” and yamin, “right hand.” In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob and Rachel in the Book of Genesis, and he was one of the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. Nicknames for Benjamin include Ben, Benny, Benji, and Benno.

Benjamin is a biblical name that has enjoyed widespread favor for decades—and is attractive and strong enough for it to break into the top 10 for the first time ever in 2015. It has stayed near the top of the charts since. 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.

There have been numerous notable Benjamin namesakes, 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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Rank in US: #6

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Benjamin's International Variations

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


QueenieGuldbaek Says:



ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


My baby Cousin was born on March 1. And his name Is Benjamin, Ben for short. And I met him once he was a month old, and I think it REALLY suits him. He's such a cutie pie and he's actually the 1 out of 2 cousin's that actually like me!

EleanorAll1 Says:


I'm in love with this name right now. A classic, nickname-able but beautiful on its own.

Alaina Says:


I actually prefer Ben or Benji over Benjamin

LV51sfan91 Says:


Benji so handsome!

beachbear Says:


Benjamin Nushmutt?

LostKid Says:


I named my rabbit Benjamin when I was a kid and now I can't think of a human with that name without thinking of Benny the Bunny.

AlexxisLynn Says:


I love the name Benjamin, definitely a favorite of mine. I like nicknames such as Ben and Benji.

EW314 Says:


Benjamin is a lovely classic, but feels quite cute and is very popular. I like Benedict better - more distinctive and feels more grown-up somehow.

Michaela Says:


I actually prefer Benjamin's nickname Benji over Benjamin itself.

bendogmon Says:


No joke naming my son after Ben10.

ThistleThorn Says:


This ages so well, I know baby Bens, 50 year old Bens, and old men Bens.

theirishsaint Says:


My husbands name. :) Benjamin Ezra.

jan11th Says:


Benjy & Bash (Benjamin and Sebatian) love that classic sibset!

jan11th Says:


Definitely prefer Benjy as a nn more than Ben

Leah3456 Says:


I like classic boy names, and this name is definitely a favorite of mine!

tori101 Says:


I absolutely love Benjamin it is such a strong handsome classic.

Kailagood Says:


My husbands name and I love it!!!! Out of all seven of his brothers and sister he has the best name!!! But only me and one of my nieces are allowed to call him benji!lol

eveyalecia Says:


Benjamin is fairly common, but in a classic way rather than a trendy way. It won't seem dated a few decades from now, it'll be exactly the same!

rainierloner Says:


Oh, I love the name Benjamin! It's so cute and perfect for the nickname Benji! No, it is not too common! :)

Donalda Says:


Is Benjamin too common?