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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ben"e
See Benne.
noun Be"ne
A prayer; boon.

Etymology: AS. bēn

A hoglike mammal of New Guinea (Porcula papuensis).

Etymology: Native name


From Middle English bene, Greek, from Old English bēn (“prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service”), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (“to say, speak”). Cognate with Danish bøn (“prayer”), Swedish bön (“prayer”), Icelandic bæn (“prayer”), Icelandic bón (“request”). Related to ban. See also boon, bee.

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A prayer, especially to God; a petition; a boon.
    What is good for a bootless ? — Wordsworth.

UK C16. Probably from Latin bene or Italian bene.

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Tongue. [16th-18th c.]
    Stowe your !

    bene was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, French, Italian, and Latin

    Notable Persons Named Bene

    Bené Benwikere is a football player for the Carolina Panthers. His most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to present. Bené was born on September 3rd, 1991 in Fontana, California.


    Benè Gola is an athlete for the Juventus F.C. Benè was born on December 28th, 1904 in Italy.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bene

    Ferenc Bene was a soccer player for the Újpest FC and Hungary national football team. Ferenc was born on December 17th, 1944 in Balatonújlak. He breathed his last breath on February 27th, 2006.


    Carmelo Bene was an actor, theater director, writer, film director, and screenwriter. He was most prominent from 1967 to 2002. Carmelo was born on September 1st, 1937 in Campi Salentina, Italy. He left this life on March 16th, 2002.


    Adriana was born in 1755.


    Maurice was born on August 24th, 1884. He died on December 19th, 1960.


    Matej Bene is a hockey player for the Slovakia men's national junior ice hockey team in the IIHF World U20 Championship. He has had major accomplishments since 2011. Matej was born on April 11th, 1992 in Nitra.


    Jean was born on July 12th, 1901. He died on April 26th, 1992.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bene U.S.
      White 89.34% 64.26%
      African American 4.29% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.64% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bene

    People with the last name Bene are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Bene

    • How Popular is the name Bene? Bene is the 73,564th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bene was the 30,390th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bene have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Bene in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bene? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1944 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Bene first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bene is Monday, January 15th, 1877.
    • What year had the most people named Bene born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bene was in 1944 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bene: Your name in reverse order is Eneb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Been. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bene? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 769 people with the last name Bene.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bene? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bene as their last name since less than 1 person in 385k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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