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Benny

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47k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Benny

"Benny" is a name 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 Named Benny

    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 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 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 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 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 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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    Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 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 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 was born on July 12th, 1867. He breathed his last breath on November 6th, 1942.

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    Eric was born in 1978.

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

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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 908 11 897
    1945 832 11 821
    1946 1,014 12 1,002
    1947 1,071 9 1,062
    1948 1,073 9 1,064
    1949 977 8 969
    1950 882 7 875
    1951 934 7 927
    1952 910 13 897
    1953 904 8 896
    1954 921 10 911
    1955 839 14 825
    1956 884 0 884
    1957 881 8 873
    1958 879 6 873
    1959 858 12 846
    1960 798 11 787
    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 370 0 370
    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 123 5 118
    2016 121 0 121

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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

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Brown
    • Davis
    • Miller
    • Jackson
    • White
    • Garcia
    • Walker
    • Thomas
    • Moore
    • Martinez
    • Martin
    • Rodriguez

    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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    Fun Facts about the name Benny

    • How Popular is the name Benny? Benny is the 1,027th most popular name of all time. As a last name Benny was the 19,602nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Benny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 47,250 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 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 45 babies in Arkansas 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 Ynnbe. 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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    • 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.
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