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Benedict is the name of the new Pope.
Miss Claire  4/19/2005
This name has been born by sixteen popes. Pope Benedict IV was the pope who canonized St. Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc).
AndrewJKD  5/16/2005
The common definition of Benedictus is "blessed," true, but it literally means "good speaker" or "good speech." This can refer to either one's diction or intent -- thus, Benedictus would be a name for an orator or else for someone who speaks truly.

Benedict itself, though, has diverged and come to mean "blessed"; just as a derived name, Bennett, has diverged from Benedict, and come to mean "little beloved" or "small beloved".
bennmorland  6/20/2005
If you live in the U.S., do NOT give your son this name as a first name. It has been ruined because of Benedict Arnold the betrayer.
mariej2  6/22/2005
Mariej2, I LOVE this name, and I live in the US. I don't immedtiately think of Arnold, I think of the pope. And if I or others want to name their child Benedict because of the pope or maybe just plain liking the name, I think they should have that right.
spaz123  9/7/2007
One famous bearer of the name is Benedict Arnold. Unfortunately, he's not one you'd want to name your children after.
gin_rummy  6/22/2005
Benedict Arnold, officially the greatest traitor in American history. He was an able and at one point a celebrated war hero second only to George Washington, who he served under.
Dray  5/22/2006
Benedict Arnold was an amazing General. He is credited as "The Hero of Saratoga". That was before he turned into a turncoat of course. After he unsuccessfuly sold the secrets of West Point to the British, he served in the Royal Army. He lived a pretty pathetic life afterward, because nobody trusts a turncoat, especially one who didn't come to the British's side for love for the British Empire, no. He became a turncoat for money.
Rockos_Modern_Life_1  10/30/2008
Benedict Arnold is only a big traitor in U.S. history. Thomas Jefferson was a traitor to other countries- heck, America was founded on betrayal- but the U.S. makes him look worse than he is. The actual name is okay, just old-fashioned and not very suitable on a little kid.
Kerules  5/31/2009
There is also Eggs Benedict.
breakofday  12/9/2005
I think it would be a good name for a cat.
lunalovegood  1/7/2006
I spent a good deal of time researching the meaning of my name, and I found several different meanings - 'The blessed one', 'the blessing', 'well-spoken' and 'wishing well' are a few that I found. Whichever one is the one that the Romans intended it to mean, I'm proud of my name!
benthedude  1/11/2006
Bennedict McCarthy (better known as Benni McCarthy) is a famous soccer player for F.C.Porto.
angelsariel  4/29/2006
This name has a very catchy sound to it.
FairyGirl  7/1/2006
Popes Benedict I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XVI are famous bearers.
emiliana94  8/5/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Benedict here:
_satu_  10/24/2006
My cousin just gave Benedict as a middle name for her newborn son. Apparently she did it after the Pope himself, which is fine and all, but I'm not really a fan of the name. It's a little too much for a kid, even for an adult as well. I say, leave names like this for his holiness.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2006
I always think of Benedict Arnold.
7up  2/4/2007
I absolutely love this name, although it might be a bit much for a little kid - still there's always nicknames like Ben. My impression may or may not be influenced by the character Benedict from the Amber series, who was an amazing character, and the first Benedict I ever heard of (even before Benedit Arnold).
Nagiri  2/28/2007
There is a character with this name (spelled Benedick) in Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Benedick is talkative and witty. He vows never to marry because he believes a wife would cheat on him. He ends up getting married in the end to his former enemy, Beatrice.
Petroushka  3/3/2007
I prefer it with a k.
carenmuffin  8/15/2007
Most simply, BENEDICT means (Ben/Bon) GOOD, (dict) write, or SPEECH.
jaydubyo  10/5/2007
I like this name. I do not think this name is too much for a kid, it is just uncommon and takes someone special to bear it.
oopy  2/8/2008
I always think of Eggs Benedict when I hear this name.
jasmineenimsaj  3/6/2008
I love the name Benedict! I also like the nicknames Ben and Benny. Benedict is way better than Benjamin, though that's also a good name. In a story I'm working on, Benedict is the name of the main character, and he goes by Ben. I'm also writing a screenplay for my favorite fairy tale, "The Light Princess" by George MacDonald (just in my free time, because it's fun), and I gave the prince the name Benedict, because he didn't have a name in the fairy tale. I gave him that name because he's a really good guy, and Benedict means good and blessed and all that jazz.
harry_sent_me  4/29/2008
I do get a slight Benedict Arnold reference, and I'm not religious, so this is not a favorite of mine. It might be the Arnold thing, or just the name, but I don't really like it.
jolidanstitre  4/30/2008
I do think of Benedict Arnold when I hear this name, but for me the association doesn't even mean anything because it's so antiquated. My dislike of the name then, has nothing to do with the Benedict Arnold connection.
Grimscarlett  10/10/2008
I come from a family where many of us have served in the US armed forces, so no Benedicts. I was raised being told it's a pretty bad name.
magicalhannah7  1/26/2009
The religious connotations ruin this name for me.

Other than that, it has a nice sound and is a good alternative to Benjamin.
vomiting  11/12/2009
Barak or Baruch have the same meaning as Benedict in the Arabic and Hebrew languages.
Anton  3/11/2010
Another famous bearer is the English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is starring in the BBC adaption of Sherlock Holmes set in the modern day.
battermyheart  8/7/2010
I would like this name much more if it weren't for the Pope. Not because he's a pope, but because he's an awful person.
bathos  1/26/2011
Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor known for his roles in Sherlock, Atonement, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among others.
theKyra  3/10/2012
Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney (born March 9, 1976) is a Canadian television host and is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
sambchop  6/16/2012
The name Benedict was given to 86 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/20/2013
This name also used in the Netherlands, though it's pretty rare. The pronunciation is BAY-nə-dikt.
renee06  2/12/2014
Growing up, I knew a boy named Benedict who probably did not have the personality to pull it off, so that tainted my view of the name for a while, but I've recently come round to it. It has an old-fashioned charm to it and while the dic part is potentially problematic, it seems a shame to avoid such a classic name for that reason.
renee06  2/12/2014
Being Catholic, I think Benedict has a great namesake in the current Pope! (there were many Pope Benedicts in the past, but this pope is really changing modern Catholicism and is just well-beloved by many, for good reason) Since I am not American, I do not immediately think of the Benedict Arnold association and I would use this name for a future son in a heartbeat (for a middle name, though)! Another great modern day association is the actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who I am personally a huge fan of.

I know several little boys named Benedict, and they all go by the nickname Ben, but I think the nickname Ned is also adorable, and very much underused. This name may seem rather heavy to carry, but I guess this is my naming style! For me, better this type of distinguished name with a great meaning and solid roots in history, rather than made-up trendy names. (Frederick, also rather heavy of a name, is another of my personal favorites.)
― Anonymous User  5/4/2014
Benedict is a great name. I much prefer it to Benjamin.
hkols  11/2/2014
Benedict "Fish" Denniston is a wonderful character from Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Novels. He is one of my top ten favorite fictional characters.
ComradeJocasta  11/3/2014
Actually, I think Benedict Arnold is treated too harshly and we should cut him some slack. I'm not saying it's nice to betray your country, but we were kinda jerks to him first.
BlameTheNargles  3/27/2015
I personally find the name Benedict really HOT. And it sounds very classy. :D.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2015
The name Benedict was given to 151 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/18/2016
Benedict Uchida (born Atsuto Uchida), is a football player. He plays for the German football team Bundesliga Schalke 04 football club and the Japan national football team.
cutenose  2/6/2017
Ah, I adore this name. It's so classy. I think it would go well with a number of two-syllable middle names, my favorite combo being Benedict Misha.
ThatOneAuthorGirl  6/15/2017

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