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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    An American Benedict?

    I've been crushing on the name Benedict lately! However, as an American, there is some hesitation about the name thanks to the traitor Benedict Arnold. One would think over 230 years would be enough time to move on, but oh well

    So, do you think Benedict could be wearable on an American boy? I generally prefer full names, so I probably wouldn't call him Ben or Benny/Bene all that often (especially since I have a cousin named Ben, short for Benjamin).

    What are your thoughts? Thanks

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    United States
    I love the name Benedict too! When I asked about Benedict about a week ago, most Berries seemed okay with it. If anything, I think of the most recent pope, Pope Benedict XVI.

    I think it's very wearable, because there are so many other associations beyond Benedict Arnold. There's the twenty six Pope Benedicts, the saint Benedict, the Shakespeare character, and the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

    So a big yes from me on an American Benedict!

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  3. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Xi'An, China
    When you say Benedict, the very first thing I think is Arnold. Maybe it's not such a big deal in some areas or some groups, but I grew up in a family that loves American history. Unfortunately, even with the pope, I think many will think Benedict Arnold... I mean, we used to use it as a synonym for 'traitor'. If you use it, I'd recommend either using it as a mn or giving a very solid, traditional mn to fall back on in case it becomes an issue...
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  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    honestly, even as big a history geek as I am, there are far many other Benedicts I think of first: Cumberbatch, Shakespeare, the's a darling name! Be brave and use it!
    ...dreaming of naming my future first cat.

    today's favorites: Howl, Sherlock, Scheherazade

    (and favorites of the non-pet names: Celia Hermione, Odette, Inigo, Arthur Rooney)

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    California, USA
    I just posted a poll about if Berries preferred Benedict or Benjamin! It's definitely growing on me; all the references (minus Mr. Arnold) are a plus for me.

    I think it could work, especially since Benedict Arnold isn't the only Benedict reference these days.

    I say go for it!
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