Benjamin

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723k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Benjamin

"Benjamin" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of my Right Hand". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ben"ja*min
See Benzoin.

Etymology: Corrupted from benzoin

noun Ben"ja*min
A kind of upper coat for men.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Old Testament) the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the twelve forebears of the tribes of Israel
  2. Gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation
Wiktionary

From Late Latin Benjamin, from Ancient Greek Βενιαμίν (Beniamín), from Biblical Hebrew בִּנְיָמִין (binyamīn, literally “son of the right [hand]”).

  1. The youngest of the sons of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin.
  3. (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.

Benjamin was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Latin, Manx, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Benjamin

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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Benjamin Franklin was a 6th President of Pennsylvania, United States Minister to Sweden, United States Minister to France, 1st United States Postmaster General, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, United States Ambassador to Sweden, United States Ambassador to France, and . Benjamin was born on January 17th, 1706 in Boston. He died on April 17th, 1790.

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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 Stiller is an actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He was most prominent from 1980 to present. Ben was given the name Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller by his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on November 30th, 1965 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Benjamin Netanyahu is a Prime Minister of Israel, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leader of the Opposition, Minister of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel), Leader of the Opposition (Israel), and Ministry of Finance (Israel). Benjamin was born on October 21st, 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Benjamin

H. Jon Benjamin is a comedian. H. was given the name Harry Jon Benjamin on May 23rd, 1966 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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André 3000 is a hip hop music, funk, jazz, rhythm, and blues musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1991. André was given the name André Lauren Benjamin on May 27th, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. André is also known as Andre 3K • Dre • 3 Stacks • Johnny Vulture.

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Shelton Benjamin is a wrestler. Shelton was born on July 9th, 1975 in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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Walter Benjamin was a philosopher. Walter was born on July 15th, 1892 in Berlin. He passed away on September 26th, 1940.

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Richard Benjamin is an actor, film director, film producer, director, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Richard was born on May 22nd, 1938 in New York City, New York, United States.

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Kelvin Benjamin is a football player for the Carolina Panthers. Kelvin was born on February 5th, 1991 in Belle Glade, Florida.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 490 0 490 #32 boy name
1881 481 0 481 #32 boy name
1882 478 0 478 #35 boy name
1883 508 0 508 #31 boy name
1884 509 0 509 #38 boy name
1885 464 0 464 #38 boy name
1886 463 0 463 #39 boy name
1887 473 0 473 #34 boy name
1888 781 0 781 #25 boy name
1889 760 0 760 #21 boy name
1890 537 0 537 #37 boy name
1891 461 0 461 #41 boy name
1892 525 0 525 #42 boy name
1893 481 0 481 #43 boy name
1894 469 0 469 #44 boy name
1895 452 0 452 #48 boy name
1896 416 0 416 #51 boy name
1897 378 0 378 #55 boy name
1898 405 0 405 #55 boy name
1899 335 0 335 #57 boy name
1900 450 0 450 #57 boy name
1901 343 0 343 #57 boy name
1902 374 0 374 #61 boy name
1903 324 0 324 #69 boy name
1904 358 0 358 #68 boy name
1905 379 0 379 #68 boy name
1906 352 0 352 #71 boy name
1907 460 0 460 #64 boy name
1908 480 0 480 #63 boy name
1909 489 0 489 #63 boy name
1910 536 0 536 #71 boy name
1911 690 0 690 #64 boy name
1912 1,272 0 1,272 #67 boy name
1913 1,466 0 1,466 #70 boy name
1914 1,828 5 1,823 #70 boy name
1915 2,248 7 2,241 #71 boy name
1916 2,191 5 2,186 #79 boy name
1917 2,391 5 2,386 #76 boy name
1918 2,431 0 2,431 #79 boy name
1919 2,289 10 2,279 #79 boy name
1920 2,315 6 2,309 #83 boy name
1921 2,422 9 2,413 #82 boy name
1922 2,384 8 2,376 #82 boy name
1923 2,322 5 2,317 #86 boy name
1924 2,226 5 2,221 #89 boy name
1925 2,080 8 2,072 #93 boy name
1926 1,910 13 1,897 #98 boy name
1927 1,932 7 1,925
1928 1,819 16 1,803
1929 1,711 17 1,694
1930 1,604 8 1,596
1931 1,564 8 1,556
1932 1,553 12 1,541
1933 1,422 10 1,412
1934 1,489 7 1,482
1935 1,416 7 1,409
1936 1,353 0 1,353
1937 1,429 6 1,423
1938 1,423 8 1,415
1939 1,429 5 1,424
1940 1,451 6 1,445
1941 1,585 8 1,577
1942 1,690 0 1,690
1943 1,730 12 1,718
1944 1,629 8 1,621
1945 1,570 8 1,562
1946 1,664 7 1,657
1947 1,938 7 1,931
1948 1,963 5 1,958
1949 2,026 7 2,019
1950 2,199 8 2,191
1951 2,359 10 2,349
1952 2,445 8 2,437
1953 2,431 11 2,420
1954 2,461 9 2,452
1955 2,455 10 2,445
1956 2,473 5 2,468
1957 2,504 13 2,491
1958 2,266 12 2,254
1959 2,346 9 2,337
1960 2,258 10 2,248
1961 2,397 9 2,388
1962 2,525 15 2,510
1963 2,366 15 2,351
1964 2,520 12 2,508
1965 2,357 15 2,342
1966 2,391 12 2,379
1967 2,528 19 2,509
1968 3,042 22 3,020 #99 boy name
1969 3,400 16 3,384 #91 boy name
1970 3,953 22 3,931 #81 boy name
1971 4,279 27 4,252 #69 boy name
1972 4,525 18 4,507 #64 boy name
1973 5,265 30 5,235 #55 boy name
1974 7,229 38 7,191 #46 boy name
1975 9,600 47 9,553 #36 boy name
1976 10,732 53 10,679 #32 boy name
1977 12,174 63 12,111 #29 boy name
1978 11,487 73 11,414 #34 boy name
1979 12,598 79 12,519 #33 boy name
1980 13,715 80 13,635 #32 boy name
1981 14,422 69 14,353 #32 boy name
1982 13,904 85 13,819 #33 boy name
1983 13,381 96 13,285 #32 boy name
1984 13,334 73 13,261 #30 boy name
1985 13,515 88 13,427 #31 boy name
1986 13,870 85 13,785 #30 boy name
1987 14,952 73 14,879 #28 boy name
1988 15,279 94 15,185 #30 boy name
1989 15,782 55 15,727 #29 boy name
1990 14,659 39 14,620 #33 boy name
1991 13,902 31 13,871 #33 boy name
1992 13,479 29 13,450 #33 boy name
1993 12,704 25 12,679 #33 boy name
1994 12,820 32 12,788 #31 boy name
1995 12,737 23 12,714 #31 boy name
1996 13,800 24 13,776 #29 boy name
1997 13,286 21 13,265 #29 boy name
1998 13,075 17 13,058 #30 boy name
1999 13,683 27 13,656 #29 boy name
2000 14,864 24 14,840 #26 boy name
2001 14,346 17 14,329 #27 boy name
2002 13,503 26 13,477 #27 boy name
2003 14,093 22 14,071 #24 boy name
2004 13,881 67 13,814 #25 boy name
2005 13,587 19 13,568 #25 boy name
2006 13,766 12 13,754 #24 boy name
2007 13,288 17 13,271 #26 boy name
2008 12,964 22 12,942 #25 boy name
2009 13,119 11 13,108 #19 boy name
2010 12,450 23 12,427 #22 boy name
2011 13,080 23 13,057 #19 boy name
2012 12,826 14 12,812 #16 boy name
2013 13,501 19 13,482 #14 boy name
2014 13,798 17 13,781 #12 boy name
2015 13,688 18 13,670 #10 boy name
2016 14,581 12 14,569 #6 boy name

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Popularity of Benjamin as a first name

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Popularity of Benjamin as a last name

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Common last names for Benjamin

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  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Cohen
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Harrison
  • Franklin
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Benjamin U.S.
  White 49.04% 64.26%
  African American 41.58% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.61% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Benjamin

People with the last name Benjamin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Benjamin

  • How Popular is the name Benjamin? Benjamin is the 76th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Benjamin was the 6th most popular name. As a last name Benjamin was the 850th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Benjamin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 723,465 babies born with the first name Benjamin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Benjamin to occupy the country of Bhutan with an estimated population of 720,679 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Benjamin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 490 new born babies.
  • When was Benjamin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Benjamin is Wednesday, July 19th, 1854.
  • What year had the most people named Benjamin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Benjamin was in 1989 with a total of 15,727 babies. That's a lot of babies named Benjamin!
  • Random Benjamin Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Benjamin ranks 58th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 54 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Benjamin: Your name in reverse order is Nimajneb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Innbemaj. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Benjamin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 40,590 people with the last name Benjamin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Benjamin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Benjamin 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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