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Gender: Male Meaning of Benno: "bear" Origin of Benno: German

The name Benno is a boy's name of German origin meaning "bear". Benno and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Benno

Saint Benno of Meissen, 11th century German bishop
Benno Furmann, German actor
Benno Moiseiwitsch, Ukrainian-British pianist
Benno Janssen, American architect
Benno C. Schmidt Sr. and Jr., American venture capitalist and educator
Benno Mohlmann, German footballer
Benno de Goeij, Dutch trance music producer
Benno Besson, Swiss actor/director
Benno Schotz, Scottish artist
Benno Batali, son of American Celebrity Chef Mario Batali

Pop Culture References for the name Benno

Benno "Bambi" Hirschberger, Character on German Soap Opera "Unter Uns"



Cmerks Says:


This name is so dear to me. Was my grandfathers name and is now my son’s name. If he doesn’t like that it’s unique when he’s old enough to have an opinion he can go by Ben or whatever he likes.

Wouldn’t ever name a child something “different” unless it can shorten to something simple and easy.

soupmaven Says:


Or Benzo. Or Gummo (weird grunge movie from the 90s you will never forget if you see)

ambercat Says:


Unfortunately, Benno reminds me of Beano (the dietary supplement taken to avoid intestinal winds from certain foods).

katinka Says:


Cool, unusual, friendly-sounding name. I like the meaning and the option of shortening to Ben if ever it feels like too much whimsy.

maibritt Says:


I think it is just sucg a cool name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like Benicio with the nickname Benno.