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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ben

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
The seed of one or more species of moringa; as, oil of ben . See Moringa.

Etymology: Ar. bān, name of the tree

adverb and preposition Ben
Within; in; in or into the interior; toward the inner apartment.

Etymology: AS. binnan; pref. be- by + innan within, in in

noun Ben
The inner or principal room in a hut or house of two rooms; -- opposed to but, the outer apartment.

Etymology: See Ben (adv.)

Ben
An old form of the (pl. indic. pr.) of Be.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A mountain or tall hill ("they were climbing the ben")
Wiktionary
  1. A shortening of the male given name Benjamin or, less often, of Benedict.
  2. (US, slang) A US$100 bill, which bears a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Often used in the plural form to indicate large sums of money.

Ben was also found in the following language(s): German and German Low German

Notable Persons Named Ben

Ben Affleck is an actor and filmmaker. His ongoing career started in 1981. Ben was given the name Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt on August 15th, 1972 in Berkeley, California, United States.

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Ben Shapiro is a columnist, lawyer, author, pundit, talk show, attorney, political commentator, and radio talk show host. Ben was given the name Benjamin Aaron Shapiro on January 15th, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Ben Foster is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Ben was given the name Benjamin A. Foster on October 29th, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Ben Mendelsohn is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Ben was given the name Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn on April 3rd, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Ben Carson is a Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at and Johns Hopkins Hospital. His career lasted from 1984 to 2013. Ben was born on September 18th, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Ben Kingsley is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1966. Ben was given the name Krishna Bhanji on December 31st, 1943 in Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ben

Ben is a k-pop and contemporary r&b musician. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Ben was born on July 30th, 1991 in Incheon. Ben is also known as Lee and Eun-young.

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Zehava Ben is a mizrahi music musician. Zehava was born Zehava Ben on November 8th, 1968 in Beersheba.

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Orion Ben is an actress. Orion was born in Romania.

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Party Ben is a mashup (music) disc jockey. Party was given the name Ben Gill . Party is also known as Dean Gray and American Edit.

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David Ben is a magician, keynote speaker, writer, magic historian, artistic director, magic (illusion), and keynote. David was born on March 5th, 1961 in Toronto, Canada.

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Old Ben is a fictional character.

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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 1,057 17 1,040
1926 1,026 15 1,011
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 886 0 886
1948 873 0 873
1949 771 9 762
1950 726 5 721
1951 693 6 687
1952 723 5 718
1953 744 0 744
1954 760 6 754
1955 735 0 735
1956 738 0 738
1957 857 0 857
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 554 0 554
1968 630 0 630
1969 580 0 580
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 442 7 435
1983 430 0 430
1984 441 0 441
1985 426 0 426
1986 429 0 429
1987 425 0 425
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 315 0 315
1997 371 0 371
1998 350 0 350
1999 387 0 387
2000 375 0 375
2001 391 0 391
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 388 0 388
2010 336 0 336
2011 343 0 343
2012 306 0 306
2013 305 0 305
2014 335 0 335
2015 330 0 330
2016 347 0 347

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Popularity of Ben as a first name

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Popularity of Ben as a last name

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Common last names for Ben

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  • Harris
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ben U.S.
  White 26.08% 64.26%
  African American 27.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 24.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ben

People with the last name Ben are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Ben

  • How Popular is the name Ben? Ben is the 726th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ben was the 9,596th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ben have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 82,843 babies born with the first name Ben in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ben to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ben? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 305 new born babies.
  • When was Ben first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ben is Thursday, July 7th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Ben born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ben was in 1918 with a total of 1,276 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ben!
  • Random Ben Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ben ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 46 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Ben: 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?
  • How many people have the last name Ben? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,386 people with the last name Ben.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ben? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Ben as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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