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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 ""Don't call me ___, I go by ___"".

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"