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since 1880

Ben

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • #720 All Time
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How popular is the baby name Ben in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 305 0 305 #59 boy name
1881 289 0 289 #56 boy name
1882 334 0 334 #55 boy name
1883 306 0 306 #56 boy name
1884 367 0 367 #52 boy name
1885 292 0 292 #62 boy name
1886 335 0 335 #56 boy name
1887 305 0 305 #58 boy name
1888 463 0 463 #47 boy name
1889 460 7 453 #43 boy name
1890 363 0 363 #55 boy name
1891 302 0 302 #61 boy name
1892 361 0 361 #60 boy name
1893 321 0 321 #62 boy name
1894 326 0 326 #62 boy name
1895 324 0 324 #63 boy name
1896 299 0 299 #69 boy name
1897 298 7 291 #66 boy name
1898 310 0 310 #69 boy name
1899 259 0 259 #73 boy name
1900 355 0 355 #73 boy name
1901 259 0 259 #73 boy name
1902 273 0 273 #79 boy name
1903 259 0 259 #82 boy name
1904 288 6 282 #83 boy name
1905 290 0 290 #84 boy name
1906 285 0 285 #83 boy name
1907 314 0 314 #82 boy name
1908 353 0 353 #78 boy name
1909 358 0 358 #84 boy name
1910 454 0 454 #79 boy name
1911 474 7 467 #86 boy name
1912 738 7 731
1913 815 6 809
1914 1,015 10 1,005
1915 1,271 8 1,263
1916 1,206 15 1,191
1917 1,149 20 1,129
1918 1,293 17 1,276
1919 1,228 14 1,214
1920 1,154 16 1,138
1921 1,133 9 1,124
1922 1,129 9 1,120
1923 1,060 12 1,048
1924 1,186 14 1,172
1925 1,058 17 1,041
1926 1,025 15 1,010
1927 1,027 15 1,012
1928 1,001 15 986
1929 972 14 958
1930 995 8 987
1931 918 7 911
1932 966 0 966
1933 879 12 867
1934 840 9 831
1935 904 13 891
1936 822 6 816
1937 820 5 815
1938 851 5 846
1939 715 8 707
1940 815 0 815
1941 771 5 766
1942 851 0 851
1943 840 5 835
1944 754 0 754
1945 721 5 716
1946 820 0 820
1947 887 0 887
1948 872 0 872
1949 770 9 761
1950 726 5 721
1951 692 6 686
1952 724 5 719
1953 744 0 744
1954 759 6 753
1955 736 0 736
1956 739 0 739
1957 854 0 854
1958 871 0 871
1959 943 9 934
1960 961 6 955
1961 941 8 933
1962 1,052 7 1,045
1963 945 0 945
1964 875 5 870
1965 733 5 728
1966 682 0 682
1967 555 0 555
1968 630 0 630
1969 581 0 581
1970 620 0 620
1971 578 0 578
1972 600 6 594
1973 540 5 535
1974 541 0 541
1975 611 5 606
1976 590 0 590
1977 626 0 626
1978 571 0 571
1979 557 8 549
1980 523 5 518
1981 527 7 520
1982 440 7 433
1983 430 0 430
1984 441 0 441
1985 426 0 426
1986 429 0 429
1987 426 0 426
1988 430 0 430
1989 437 0 437
1990 366 0 366
1991 351 0 351
1992 357 0 357
1993 331 0 331
1994 292 0 292
1995 322 0 322
1996 314 0 314
1997 371 0 371
1998 350 0 350
1999 385 0 385
2000 375 0 375
2001 390 0 390
2002 405 0 405
2003 439 0 439
2004 450 0 450
2005 444 0 444
2006 454 0 454
2007 409 0 409
2008 404 0 404
2009 387 0 387
2010 336 0 336
2011 342 0 342
2012 306 0 306
2013 305 0 305
2014 334 0 334
2015 324 0 324

Want to know about the popularity of the Ben baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 82,481 babies born with the name Ben in the United States. That's more than enough Bens to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 305 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Ben" was in 1918 with a total of 1,276 babies. (That's a lot of baby Bens)

According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Ben" ranks #97 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Washington. Imagine that, 11 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1914. Across the entire United States a total of 1,015 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Ben popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ben" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ben as well as things modernly associated with the name Ben such as celebrities named Ben.

Origin and Meaning of Ben

The name "Ben" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Short form of Benjamin or Benedict". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is an actor and filmmaker with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1981 to present. Ben was born in 1972 as Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt in Berkeley, California, U.S.

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Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is an actor, comedian, and filmmaker with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1975 to present. Ben was born in 1965 as Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Ben Savage

Ben Savage is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1988 to present. Ben was born in 1980 as Bennett Joseph Savage in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1966 to present. Ben was born in 1943 as Krishna Pandit Bhanji in Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK.

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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is a NFL player. Ben was born in 1982 as Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger in Lima, Ohio.

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Ben Foster

Ben Foster is an actor and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1996 to present. Ben was born in 1980 as Benjamin A. Foster in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Ben was born in 1980 as Benjamin John Whishaw in Clifton, Bedfordshire, England.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Ben

Ben Carson
Ben Higgins
Ben Platt
Ben And Jerry's
Ben Cardin
Ben H Bachelor

Alternative Meanings

B is for blossom, a renewal of your spirit.

E is for elegant, born within you.

N is for nice, need I say more?

Your name in reverse order is "Neb". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ebn". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Ben born Jul 18, 2003

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Australia approximately on 1375. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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