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Gender: Male Meaning of Benjamin: "son of the right hand" Origin of Benjamin: Hebrew Benjamin's Popularity in 2017: #6

The name Benjamin is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of the right hand". Benjamin is ranked #6 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

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.

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. There have been numerous other notable Benjamin namesakes that followed, 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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Famous People Named Benjamin

Benjamin, son of Bilhan, of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chr. 7:10).
Benjamin, of the sons of Harim (Ezra 10:32)
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
Benjamin Banneker, American scientist and surveyor
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd U.S. president
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister
Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, 9th Prime Minister of Israel
(Edward) Benjamin Britten, English composer
Benjamin Franklin "Bluff" Wade, U.S. Senator from Ohio
Benjamin Edward "Ben" Stiller, American actor
Benjamin Geza "Ben" Affleck(-Boldt), American actor and director
Benjamin Thomas "Ben" Barnes, English actor
Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger, American NFL football player
Benjamin "Ben" McKenzie (Schenkkan), American actor
Benjamin "Ben" Gibbard, American musician
Benjamin "Ben" Shapiro, author and political commentator, cousin of actress Mara Willson
Benjamin John "Ben" Howard, English singer-songwriter
Benjamin Chase "Ben" Harper, American singer-songwriter
Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein, American actor, TV personality and politician
Benjamin John "Ben" Whishaw, English actor
Benjamin Lev "Ben" Kweller, American singer-songwriter
Benjamin "Ben" Lovett, English musician
Benjamin Biolay, French singer-songwriter
Benjamin Scott "Ben" Folds, American singer-songwriter
Benjamin W. Lee, Korean-American theoretical physicist
Benjamin Morrell, American sea captain and memoirist
Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort, New Zealand architect
Benjamin Franklin Tilley, 1st Governor of American Samoa
Benjamin Ricketson Tucker, American anarchist
Benjamin Alexandro Agosto, American Olympic ice dancer
Benjamin Leiner, birth name of American boxer Benny Leonard
Benjamin Burnley, American musician
Benjamin Filipovic, Bosnian film director
Benjamin Stone, English actor
Benjamin Hayes Grier, YouTuber
Benjamin Michael "Ben" Seewald, American reality TV personality; husband of Jessa (Duggar) Seewald
Benjamin August "Ben" Eckstein, American child actor (identical triplet brother of Alexander & Caleb)
Benjamin Arthur "Ben" McKee, American musician of band Imagine Dragons
Benjamin Romney, son of American politician Mitt Romney
Benjamin Atkinson, son of actor Rowan Atkinson
Benjamin Storm Keough, son of singer Lisa Marie Presley
Benjamin Ford, son of American actor Harrison Ford
Benjamin Edward Sanaov (b. 2005), son of American actress Alison Sweeney
Benjamin Rein Brady (b. 2009), son of model Gisele Bundchen and NFL player Tom Brady
Benjamin Travolta (b. 2010), son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Benjamin Peltonen, Finnish singer
Benjamin Michael Sorge (b. 2016), son of reality television star Jasmine Arteaga Sorge
Benjamin Parma Ritter (b. 2017), son of American actor Tyler Ritter and Argentinian film director Lelia Parma
Benjamin "Ben" Halloran, Australian international footballer
Benjamin Ingrosso, Swedish pop-singer, son of Pernilla Wahlgren and Emilio Ingrosso

Pop Culture References for the name Benjamin

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," F. Scott Fitzgerald story and film
Benjamin Braddock, main character in film "The Graduate"
Benjamin Suddlechop, barber in The Fortunes of Nigel (1822) by Sir Walter Scott
Benjamin Kirby Tennyson, main character on animated series "Ben 10"
Benjamin Hubert Horatio Humphrey Seaver, character on TV's "Growing Pains"
Benjamin Price, character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, main character on TV's M*A*S*H
Benjamin Woodman and Trilo Quist, ventriloquist duo in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Benjamin "Ben" Wyatt, character on TV's Parks and Recreation
Benjamin Brown, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Benjamin "Ben" Grimm, also known as The Thing, character in Marvel Universe
Benjamin "Benny" Alden, character in Gertrude Chandler Warner's "The Boxcar Children"
Benjamin "Ben" Tallmadge, real life Revolutionary War hero portrayed on AMC's "Turn"
Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Gates, main character of the "National Treasure" movies
"The Tale of Benjamin Bunny," children's book by Beatrix Potter
Benjen Stark, character on "Game of Thrones"
Benjamin "Ben" Ripley, main character in book series "Spy School"

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) Binyamin (Israeli) Bannerjee (Gaelic) Veniamin (Greek)


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?