Benedict

First Name
8k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
17k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Benedict

"Benedict" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Blessed". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun
A married man, or a man newly married.

Etymology: From Benedick, one of the characters in Shakespeare's play of “Much Ado about Nothing.”

adjective Ben"e*dict
Having mild and salubrious qualities.

Etymology: L. benedictus, p. p. of benedicere to bless. See Benison, and cf. Bennet

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
  2. Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547)
  3. United States anthropologist (1887-1948)
Wiktionary

From Saint Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Order, from Late Latin benedictus (“blessed, well spoken of”), from Latin benedīcō (“I bless, I speak well of”).

  1. A male given name, particularly of the sixth-century founder of the Benedictine order, and of several popes.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. A city/village in Kansas.
  4. A census-designated place in Maryland.
  5. A village in Nebraska.
  6. A city/village in North Dakota.

Benedict was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons With the Name Benedict

Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor and producer. He was most prominent from 2000 to present. Benedict was given the name Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch by his parents Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham on July 19th, 1976 in Hammersmith.

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Benedict XVI is a pope. Benedict was born on April 16th, 1927.

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Benedict Arnold is a military person. His military service ended in 1757.

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Benedict Wong is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Benedict was born in 1971 in Eccles, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom.

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Benedict Taylor is a notable individual. Benedict was born in 1982.

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Ben Chaplin is an actor. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Ben was given the name Benedict John Greenwood on July 31st, 1969 in Windsor, Berkshire.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Benedict

Dirk Benedict is a film, television actor, television, and televisionactor. Dirk was given the name Dirk Niewoehner on March 1st, 1945 in Helena, Montana, United States.

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Paul Benedict was a film, television, actor, and televisionactor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to 2008. Paul was born on September 17th, 1938 in Silver City, New Mexico. He passed away on December 1st, 2008.

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Robert Benedict is a film, theatre, television, actor, stage, and televisionactor. Robert was given the name Robert Patrick Benedict on September 21st, 1970 in Columbia, Missouri, U.S.

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Ruth Fulton Benedict was an anthropologist. Ruth was given the name Ruth Fulton on June 5th, 1887 in New York City, New York, U.S. She breathed her last breath on September 17th, 1948.

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Marina Benedict is an actress, choreographer, dancer, and singer. She was most prominent from 1998 to present.

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Vijay Benedict is an influential human. Vijay is also known as Vijay.

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How popular is the baby name Benedict in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 8 0 8
1883 5 0 5
1885 12 0 12
1886 7 0 7
1889 7 0 7
1890 10 0 10
1891 6 0 6
1892 9 0 9
1894 7 0 7
1895 8 0 8
1896 12 0 12
1897 6 0 6
1898 8 0 8
1899 6 0 6
1900 11 0 11
1901 7 0 7
1902 5 0 5
1903 11 0 11
1904 18 0 18
1905 13 0 13
1906 15 0 15
1907 19 0 19
1908 11 0 11
1909 12 0 12
1910 29 0 29
1911 25 0 25
1912 46 0 46
1913 51 0 51
1914 115 0 115
1915 133 0 133
1916 146 0 146
1917 152 0 152
1918 163 0 163
1919 119 0 119
1920 127 0 127
1921 135 0 135
1922 140 0 140
1923 104 0 104
1924 114 0 114
1925 104 0 104
1926 115 0 115
1927 102 0 102
1928 98 0 98
1929 105 0 105
1930 89 0 89
1931 67 0 67
1932 73 0 73
1933 65 0 65
1934 74 0 74
1935 58 0 58
1936 63 0 63
1937 67 0 67
1938 72 0 72
1939 68 0 68
1940 63 0 63
1941 71 0 71
1942 92 0 92
1943 74 0 74
1944 75 0 75
1945 68 0 68
1946 71 0 71
1947 102 0 102
1948 79 0 79
1949 81 0 81
1950 96 0 96
1951 86 0 86
1952 64 0 64
1953 94 0 94
1954 74 0 74
1955 64 0 64
1956 86 0 86
1957 85 0 85
1958 92 0 92
1959 90 0 90
1960 79 0 79
1961 86 0 86
1962 90 0 90
1963 81 0 81
1964 78 0 78
1965 65 0 65
1966 60 0 60
1967 65 0 65
1968 57 0 57
1969 46 0 46
1970 43 0 43
1971 38 0 38
1972 52 0 52
1973 44 0 44
1974 40 0 40
1975 50 0 50
1976 45 0 45
1977 48 0 48
1978 46 0 46
1979 43 0 43
1980 55 0 55
1981 55 0 55
1982 42 0 42
1983 53 0 53
1984 45 0 45
1985 47 0 47
1986 62 0 62
1987 58 0 58
1988 59 0 59
1989 53 0 53
1990 47 0 47
1991 43 0 43
1992 36 0 36
1993 61 0 61
1994 40 0 40
1995 46 0 46
1996 57 0 57
1997 47 0 47
1998 59 0 59
1999 54 0 54
2000 61 0 61
2001 50 0 50
2002 57 0 57
2003 56 0 56
2004 53 0 53
2005 157 0 157
2006 130 0 130
2007 88 0 88
2008 101 0 101
2009 85 0 85
2010 87 0 87
2011 58 0 58
2012 87 0 87
2013 108 0 108
2014 137 0 137
2015 151 0 151

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Popularity of Benedict as a first name

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Popularity of Benedict as a last name

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Common last names for Benedict

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Schneider
  • Murphy
  • Schmidt
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Benedict U.S.
  White 91.08% 64.26%
  African American 1.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.24% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Benedict

People with the last name Benedict are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Benedict

  • How Popular is the name Benedict? Benedict is the 2,715th most popular name of all time. As a last name Benedict was the 2,130th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Benedict have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,300 babies born with the first name Benedict in the United States. That's more than enough people named Benedict to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Benedict? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Benedict first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Benedict is Thursday, April 13th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Benedict born? The highest recorded use of the first name Benedict was in 1918 with a total of 163 babies.
  • Random Benedict Factoid: According to the 1938 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Benedict is not a popular baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1938.
  • Weird things about the name Benedict: Your name in reverse order is Tcideneb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nietedbc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Benedict? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,036 people with the last name Benedict.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Benedict? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Benedict as their last name.

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What does the name Benedict mean?

Bis for bouquet, the flowers around you.

Eis for enduring, forever will your memory remain

Nis for notable, distinguished are your feats

Eis for eternal, your spirit will live.

Dis for delight, a surprise from within.

Iis for ideas, that you bring to life.

Cis for compatible, a friend's friend.

Tis for time, you give to friends.

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  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.