- this week

Gender: Male Meaning of Benson: "son of Ben" Origin of Benson: English Benson's Popularity in 2017: #474

The name Benson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Ben". Benson is ranked #474 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Son Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Switcher Machine".

From the experts:

Benson has outgrown its long association with a wisecracking TV butler. Parents may see it as an alternate route to nickname Ben, very different in image than the biblical Benjamin. Benson also carries the patronymic theme made popular by Jackson, Harrison, and Jefferson. More recently, Olivia Benson of Law and Order: SVU has reclaimed this as a surname. On a less salubrious note, Benson is still connected to the cigarette brand Benson and Hedges.

Find other names based on Benson using our baby name generator.

Lists containing Benson:

See All List Categories

Famous People Named Benson

Benson Taylor (born Mark Davison), English film composer
Benson Henderson, American mixed martial artist
Benson Dillon Billinghurst, American educator
Benson Stanley Osmond (b. 2014), son of Brandon Osmond; grandson of singer Donny Osmond
Robby Benson, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Benson

Benson DuBois, main character on TV's "Benson"
Benson, character on animated series "Regular Show"
Olivia Benson, character on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
Fredward "Freddie" Benson, character on TV's "iCarly"
Barry B. Benson, "The Bee Movie"

Benssen, Bensen, Bensson


Cristina Says:


I love the name Benson for a couple reasons.

1. I love Jodi Benson - voice of Ariel from The Little Mermaid
2. Olivia Benson - Mariska Hargitay on SVU (my fave show)
3. Plethora of nick names - Ben, Bennie, Benny, Son, Sonnie, Sonny and full forced Benson :)

zenithstarr Says:


I like the new twist of Benson instead of Benjamin. I used to have a good friend named Benton, and he never went by the nickname Ben. So I think keeping the entirity of the name Benson would be ok.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like Benson more than Benjamin. But I'm kind of bored of the nickname Ben.