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Benny

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1884 5 0 5
1885 9 0 9
1886 13 0 13
1887 10 0 10
1888 6 0 6
1889 5 0 5
1890 7 0 7
1891 6 0 6
1892 9 0 9
1893 9 0 9
1894 9 0 9
1895 10 0 10
1896 16 0 16
1897 12 0 12
1898 18 0 18
1899 13 0 13
1900 31 0 31
1901 17 0 17
1902 13 0 13
1903 17 0 17
1904 18 0 18
1905 27 0 27
1906 31 0 31
1907 41 0 41
1908 37 0 37
1909 31 0 31
1910 47 0 47
1911 50 0 50
1912 87 0 87
1913 122 0 122
1914 144 0 144
1915 210 0 210
1916 196 0 196
1917 231 8 223
1918 282 0 282
1919 283 7 276
1920 278 7 271
1921 321 5 316
1922 317 18 299
1923 354 8 346
1924 427 12 415
1925 408 14 394
1926 410 11 399
1927 441 11 430
1928 473 13 460
1929 497 15 482
1930 546 13 533
1931 611 11 600
1932 609 15 594
1933 603 9 594
1934 697 12 685
1935 689 12 677
1936 745 12 733
1937 777 18 759
1938 838 16 822
1939 869 5 864
1940 824 10 814
1941 843 8 835
1942 885 8 877
1943 972 12 960
1944 906 11 895
1945 832 11 821
1946 1,015 12 1,003
1947 1,070 9 1,061
1948 1,073 9 1,064
1949 976 8 968
1950 883 7 876
1951 932 7 925
1952 910 13 897
1953 904 8 896
1954 922 10 912
1955 839 14 825
1956 884 0 884
1957 881 8 873
1958 879 6 873
1959 858 12 846
1960 797 11 786
1961 722 8 714
1962 760 5 755
1963 643 7 636
1964 599 8 591
1965 523 8 515
1966 458 0 458
1967 404 7 397
1968 412 8 404
1969 405 7 398
1970 389 5 384
1971 369 0 369
1972 355 7 348
1973 311 8 303
1974 343 0 343
1975 329 5 324
1976 291 5 286
1977 300 0 300
1978 324 6 318
1979 339 0 339
1980 303 6 297
1981 292 0 292
1982 288 0 288
1983 219 5 214
1984 211 0 211
1985 213 0 213
1986 212 0 212
1987 211 0 211
1988 192 0 192
1989 219 8 211
1990 203 0 203
1991 201 0 201
1992 204 0 204
1993 207 0 207
1994 156 0 156
1995 182 0 182
1996 179 0 179
1997 166 0 166
1998 171 0 171
1999 158 0 158
2000 192 0 192
2001 165 0 165
2002 192 0 192
2003 161 0 161
2004 179 0 179
2005 167 0 167
2006 192 0 192
2007 193 0 193
2008 155 0 155
2009 149 0 149
2010 153 0 153
2011 149 0 149
2012 134 0 134
2013 142 0 142
2014 143 5 138
2015 121 5 116

Fun Facts about the name Benny

  • How many people with the first name Benny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 47,122 babies born with the first name Benny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Benny to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Benny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Benny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Benny is Wednesday, August 1st, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Benny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Benny was in 1948 with a total of 1,064 babies. That's a lot of babies named Benny!
  • Random Benny Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Benny ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 73 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Benny: Your name in reverse order is Ynneb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enbyn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Benny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,376 people with the last name Benny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Benny? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Benny as their last name since less than 1 person in 213k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Benny as a first name

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Popularity of Benny as a last name

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Common last names for Benny

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  • Garcia
  • Walker
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Martinez
  • Martin
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Common first names for Benny

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Benny U.S.
  White 59.74% 64.26%
  African American 8.58% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 19.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.81% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Benny

People with the last name Benny are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Benny

The name "Benny" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Son of My Right Hand". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun benny
Senses
  1. same as benne or benni.
    synonyms: sesame, benne, benni, Sesamum indicum.
  2. same as bennie.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States comedian known for his timeing and delivery and self-effacing humor (1894-1974)
  2. East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil
Wiktionary

Short for Benjamin. +‎ -y.

  1. A male nickname for Benjamin.

Short for Bernice; Bernadette.

  1. A female nickname for Bernice or Bernadette.

From the name of a dull-witted character in the British soap opera Crossroads

  1. (Britain, slang) A stupid or dull-witted person.
  2. (Britain, slang) A temper tantrum

From the name of Benjamin Franklin, whose portrait is on the bill

  1. (US) A one-hundred-dollar bill.

    Benny was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Name Benny

    Benny Hill

    Benny Hill was a comedian. Benny was given the name Alfred Hawthorne Hill on January 21st, 1924 in , England. He died on April 20th, 1992.

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    Benny Andersson

    Benny Andersson is a composer, musician, producer, and songwriter. He was most active from 1964 to present. Benny was given the name Göran Bror Andersson on December 16th, 1946 in Vällingby. Benny is also known as Göran Andersson, Göran B. Andersson, Benny B.G. Andersson, and Benny Bror Göran Andersson.

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    Benny Goodman

    Benny Goodman was a swing music and big band musician, bandleader, and songwriter. He plays Clarinet. His most notable accomplishments were from 1926 to present. Benny was given the name Benjamin David Goodman on May 30th, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Benny is also known as King of Swing", "The Professor", "Patriarch of the Clarinet", and "Swing's Senior Statesman". He breathed his last breath on June 13th, 1986.

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    Benny Hinn

    Benny Hinn is an author, speaker, televangelism, and televangelist. Benny was given the name Toufik Benedictus Hinn on December 3rd, 1952 in Jaffa.

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    Benny Dayal

    Benny Dayal is a playback singer and indian pop singing. His ongoing career started in 2006. Benny was born on May 13th, 1984 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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    Benny Blanco

    Benny Blanco is a pop music, contemporary r&b, hip hop music, pop rock, electronica, dance-pop, and synthpop rapper, musician, songwriter, record producer, remixer, rapping, and remix. Benny was given the name Benjamin Levin on March 8th, 1988.

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    • Benny Urquidez
      (martial artist)
    • Benny Golson
      (musician)
    • Ben Nighthorse Campbell
      (senator)
    • Benny Morris
      (historian)
    • Benny Feilhaber
      (soccer player)
    • Benny Greb
      (musician)
    • Benny Parsons
      (nascar driver)
    • Benyamin
      (leading human)
    • Benny Benson
      (notable individual)
    • Benny Agbayani
      (baseball player)
    • Benny Friedman
      (football player)
    • Benny Landa
      (chairman & ceo)
    • Benny Hester
      (musician)
    • Benny Green
      (noteworthy person)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Benny

    Jack Benny

    Jack Benny was an actor, comedian, vaudevillian, violinist, and vaudeville. His career lasted from 1911 to 1974. Jack was given the name Benjamin Kubelsky on February 14th, 1894. He passed away on December 26th, 1974.

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    Arun Benny

    Arun Benny is a film actor and cricketer. They were most prominent from 2013 to present. Arun was given the name Vijayachandran Arun on May 21st, 1983 in Murinjappalam, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Arun is also known as Arun Benny.

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    Bob Benny

    Bob Benny was a pop music and musical theatre singing. Bob was given the name Emilius Wagemans on May 18th, 1926 in Sint-Niklaas. Bob is also known as Wagemans and Emilius. He died on March 29th, 2011.

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    Black Benny

    Black Benny was a jazz musician. He plays Bass drum. Black was born in 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Black is also known as Benny Williams, Williams, and Benny. He left this life in 1924.

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    Allan Benny

    Allan Benny was a famed human. Allan was born on July 12th, 1867. He breathed his last breath on November 6th, 1942.

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    Eric Benny

    Eric Benny is an influential somebody. Eric was born in 1978.

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    What does the name Benny mean?

    Bis for busy, your never idle life.

    Eis for excellence, your passion, your drive.

    Nis for nurturing, the care you provide to all

    Nis for name, a pleasant one indeed.

    Yis for young, the years never show!

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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.

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