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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.
Ben's official site: www.bentaylorband.com
-- 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: http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/jahrgang/j2016).
-- 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
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
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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