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Ben is also a short form of Reuben.
-- Anonymous User  1/12/2005
As mentioned, the word "Ben" means "son" in Hebrew. Similar to other cultures, ancient Hebrew also lacked last names, and a child would recieve his father's name as a last name with the word "Ben" attached to it. Ex: King David's father was Yishay (Jesse). Thereore, David's full name was David Ben-Yishay (David son-of-Yishay).

Nowdays, this beautiful tradition is no longer a part of Jewish or Hebrew culture, but last names containing "Ben" are very common. For example, David Ben-Guryon - Israel's first Prime-minister (who was born as David Green and later changed his name).

In other cases, the initial "Ben" is being used for first names such as Ben-Zion. A famous one is Ben-Zion Netanyahu, father of Benjamin Netanyahu - Israel's former P.M. and current minister of finance.
-- ishai  4/3/2005
Ben Kenobi: alias of Obi-Wan Kenobi (he used the name while hiding out on Tatooine from the Empire).
-- dotty  8/4/2005
Actor Ben (Benjamin) Affleck is a famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2005
"Ben" is the name of a song by Michael Jackson.
-- breakofday  12/30/2005
Ben means "feces" in Japanese.
-- Anonymous User  2/28/2006
Ben Jelin is a famous musician.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2006
Ben means horseradish tree in Spanish.
-- Anonymous User  3/22/2006
Way too common! I know at least 30 Bens in my whole school!
-- WWE Champion  4/16/2006
My impression of Ben is that it isn't too common but it isn't too out there! Benjamin is a wonderful name! I would rather name my son Benjamin and call him Ben than naming him Benedict! Even though Benedict is a nice name Benjamin just rolls off of your tongue and is really easy to grow up with! Of course it's my boyfriend's name! LOL!
-- katielion  6/5/2006
Good name, makes me think of a man who is strong but in this fatherly type of way. Like his whole life he was always more responsible and good-hearted. It is also a very driven and intelligent name.
-- Anonymous User  6/22/2006
I don't really like this name, but the drummer from The Fray is named Ben. I love The Fray and he is really hot, so this name is growing on me.
-- Anonymous User  6/29/2006
Ben Gates is the main character in the movie "National Treasure."
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2006
I am told that Ben means "coffee" in Arabic.
-- SerasVictoria  7/21/2006
Ben is a nice strong name for a boy. I like it as a nickname for Benjamin or Bennett.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2006
Ben Gibbard is the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service.
-- mymymetrocard  11/15/2006
Ben Taylor (born Benjamin Simon Taylor on January 22, 1977) is a musician and actor. Ben is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon.
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-- carly_89  2/5/2007
This is my name, I like it. It doesn't seem too common to me; there was only like one other Ben at my high school. Unfortunately, we had the same last initial. :/
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2007
Gaelic : the Scottish word for mountain.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2007
Ben is such a bland boring name, if it were my name I would have to change it by deedpoll, with so many fantastic names to choose from - why Ben?
-- Anonymous User  10/28/2007
It's an ok name, but I personally think it's too common. This is the name of the main character in National Treasure, and also one of the characters in Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.
-- flamestar  12/29/2007
Ben Jackson, a companion to the first and second Doctors on "Doctor Who".
-- FMRadio  2/1/2008
Playwright and poet Ben (Benjamin) Jonson was a contemporary of Shakespeare.
-- Tytan  3/12/2008
Ben is the name of the main character in CartoonNetwork's Ben 10.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2008
Ben Barnes is a British stage actor. He has also been in several movies including The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
-- Kekepania  5/16/2008
Actor Ben Stiller, best know for his role in "Night at the Museum".
-- sweetkit  6/19/2008
Ben is a solid name but so very ordinary. I'm fond of this name, but it doesn't stand out, so I wouldn't be likely to use it.
-- Grimscarlett  9/27/2008
A famous bearer of the name is Ben Rothlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2009
Ben Walton was the son of John and Olivia Walton on the tv show the Waltons. In one of the later seasons, he married a girl named Cindy and they have a baby.
-- --allison--  8/9/2009
I have a friend named Ben he is a drummer for a garage band, he's one of those shaggy haired musicians so now whenever I hear this name I think of a another person like Ben, but I also think of a nice person. I also like how this name isn't to show-offy or too simple.
-- solareclipse243  8/10/2010
Whilst Ben is a nickname for Benjamin or Benedict, it can also be a nickname for Beniah, Bentley, Benson or Rueben.

It also isn't too uncommon to see Ben given as a name alone.
-- vomiting  2/7/2011
A great nickname j'so long that your surname is not "Dover."
-- Anonymous User  7/3/2011
AFL player Ben Cousins is a famous bearer. He played for the West Coast Eagles and Richmond.
-- ebenezerscrouge  10/10/2011
This name transcends time and age. I imagine this name will work for a boy at any age. From young childhood, to teenager, to young adult... It will all fit and its just a great strong name.

I love this name. My friend's name is Ben and he is just the greatest guy. So yeah all the guys named Ben I have met (2) are really great. I've never met a Ben I didn't like :)
-- AwAriDoll  2/17/2012
I really like it as a nickname to Ebenezer :)
-- Liesl  3/21/2012
Ben is Daniel Roche's character in Outnumbered.
-- AnastasiaE  10/12/2012
Wow, this was in the top 100 at one time in the US! I love it as a nickname for Benjamin, Bennett, or less commonly Benson, but as a full name it's too minimalist to me. I'd go with Benjamin and see what he prefers to be called :)
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2013
English actor Ben Mansfield.
-- Anonymous User  7/30/2013
Ben is a Hebrew name prefix meaning "son of..." or just "son."
-- Sabertooth  8/3/2014
Ben is often used in Israel as a stand-alone name, simply meaning "son".
-- Noa  8/5/2014
Ben is a main character in Brian Selznick's book Wonderstruck.
-- hkols  9/30/2014
Ben Tremblay is a famous viner.
-- Anonymous User  7/18/2015
The villain of the 2015 film 'The Force Awakens' was named Ben by his parents (perhaps in honour of Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi) but chose the name Kylo Ren for himself.
-- Feorsteorra  12/26/2015
A simple, wonderful name. It's not common but it's still a great name.
-- lilolaf  2/7/2016
Benjamin "Ben" Parish is a protagonist in Rick Yancey's novel "The 5th Wave" and the motion picture of the same name.
-- highexpectasians  2/22/2016
This name speaks to me on a whole new level because of Kylo Ren.
-- Anonymous User  5/20/2016
Ben Savage, heeeeey...
-- Blaxworth  6/19/2016
I love the name Ben. I want to marry a man named Ben in the future.
-- Anonymous User  7/5/2016
The name Ben is a pretty name for a male. I could just imagine my future son named Ben. Also, there is a person named Ben in my class and he is funny! Every Ben I've met is funny and nice.
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2016
This is the #1 place name currently in Germany for males. (source:
-- cutenose  1/18/2017
This reminds me of the ice cream shop named Ben and Jerry. The ice cream there is wonderful. This resembles most Ben's I know, sweet and wonderful.
-- lovehermionegranger  1/19/2017
Ben Wong is a Hong Kong actor best known for his roles as Yung Heung-hoi in the long-running drama series A Kindred Spirit and Spicy Ginger in the crime drama Lives of Omission, the latter winning him Best Supporting Actor at the 2011 TVB Anniversary Awards.
-- lilolaf  1/31/2017

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