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There’s Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben from the Spider-Man comics, movies, and TV shows.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2019
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Ben means "I" (the pronoun) in Turkish.
Tuna  12/8/2018
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In 2018, 48 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ben* who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 834th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.

*as a first name, not a nickname.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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Only as a nickname never forget!
Curious me  9/21/2018
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I like this name, mainly due to its Star Wars association, but I don't care for any of the names it is a nickname for, such as Benjamin or Benedict. However, the latter's not as bad as the former.
Caedus  8/3/2018
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A famous bearer of this name could be Ben Skywalker, one of my favorite Star Wars characters; in my opinion, he is one of the funniest characters. Others could be Ben's more famous eponym Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, Dr. Ben Warren from Grey's Anatomy, and Ben Parker from Spider-Man.
Caedus  8/3/2018
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I extremely dislike this name. I find it to be extremely short and simple, and very boring-sounding. Very common at that. Don't name your child Ben.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2018
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A certain annoying political conservative commentator, Ben Shapiro, comes to mind for me, and this name is way too short and boyish. I hate it.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2018
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Uncle Ben's rice. “Perfect Every Time”.
That70sShowGeek  2/23/2018
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Ben Kuroki was the only American of Japanese descent in the United States Army Air Forces to serve in combat operations in the Pacific theater of World War II. He flew a total of 58 combat missions over Japan, Europe and North Africa during World War II.
cutenose  6/30/2017
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The name Ben was given to 347 boys born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Ben are male.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2017
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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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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.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2017
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This is the #1 place name currently in Germany for males. (source: http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/jahrgang/j2016).
cutenose  1/18/2017
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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
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I love the name Ben. I want to marry a man named Ben in the future.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2016
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Ben Savage, heeeeey...
Blaxworth  6/19/2016
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This name speaks to me on a whole new level because of Kylo Ren.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2016
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Benjamin "Ben" Parish is a protagonist in Rick Yancey's novel "The 5th Wave" and the motion picture of the same name.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2016
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A simple, wonderful name. It's not common but it's still a great name.
lilolaf  2/7/2016
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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
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Ben Tremblay is a famous viner.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2015
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Ben is a main character in Brian Selznick's book Wonderstruck.
hkols  9/30/2014
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Ben is often used in Israel as a stand-alone name, simply meaning "son".
Noa  8/5/2014
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Ben is a Hebrew name prefix meaning "son of..." or just "son."
Sabertooth  8/3/2014
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English actor Ben Mansfield.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2013
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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
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Ben is Daniel Roche's character in Outnumbered.
AnastasiaE  10/12/2012
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I really like it as a nickname to Ebenezer :)
Liesl  3/21/2012
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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
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AFL player Ben Cousins is a famous bearer. He played for the West Coast Eagles and Richmond.
ebenezerscrouge  10/10/2011
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A great nickname j'so long that your surname is not "Dover."
― Anonymous User  7/3/2011
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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
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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
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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
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A famous bearer of the name is Ben Rothlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2009
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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
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Actor Ben Stiller, best know for his role in "Night at the Museum".
sweetkit  6/19/2008
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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
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Ben is the name of the main character in CartoonNetwork's Ben 10.
― Anonymous User  3/17/2008
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Playwright and poet Ben (Benjamin) Jonson was a contemporary of Shakespeare.
Tytan  3/12/2008
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Ben Jackson, a companion to the first and second Doctors on "Doctor Who".
FMRadio  2/1/2008
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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
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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
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Gaelic : the Scottish word for mountain.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2007
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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
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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.
Ben's official site: www.bentaylorband.com
carly_89  2/5/2007
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Ben Gibbard is the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service.
mymymetrocard  11/15/2006
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Ben is a nice strong name for a boy. I like it as a nickname for Benjamin or Bennett.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2006
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I am told that Ben means "coffee" in Arabic.
SerasVictoria  7/21/2006
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Ben Gates is the main character in the movie "National Treasure."
― Anonymous User  7/13/2006
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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
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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
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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
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Way too common! I know at least 30 Bens in my whole school!
WWE Champion  4/16/2006
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Ben means horseradish tree in Spanish.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2006
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Ben Jelin is a famous musician.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
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Ben means "feces" in Japanese.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2006
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"Ben" is the name of a song by Michael Jackson.
breakofday  12/30/2005
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Actor Ben (Benjamin) Affleck is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
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Ben Kenobi: alias of Obi-Wan Kenobi (he used the name while hiding out on Tatooine from the Empire).
dotty  8/4/2005
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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
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Ben is also a short form of Reuben.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2005

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