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Meaning & History

From the Late Latin name Benedictus which meant "blessed". Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. After his time the name was common among Christians, being used by 16 popes. In England it did not come into use until the 12th century, at which point it became very popular. This name was also borne by the American general Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), who defected to Britain during the American Revolution.
DiminutivesBen, Bennie, Benny
Other Languages & CulturesBenedikt Czech Bendt, Bent Danish Benedictus, Ben Dutch Pentti Finnish Benoît French Bieito Galician Benedikt, Ben German Peni Hawaiian Benedek, Bence Hungarian Benedikt Icelandic Benedetto, Benito, Bettino Italian Benedictus Late Roman Bendiks Latvian Benediktas, Benas Lithuanian Benedykt Polish Benedito, Bento Portuguese Benedikt Russian Benito Spanish Bengt Swedish Benesh Yiddish


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Entry updated October 20, 2016   Contribute