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I dislike that form of the name because I have a Benjamin ficus in my living room (my family and I think of it just as 'Benjamin').

I love the forms Binyamin or Beniamino though.
Felie  11/25/2018
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Benjamin fig (ficus benjamina) is a kind of ficus, a species of flowering plant. It is also called 'weeping fig', 'ficus tree' or just 'ficus'.
Felie  11/25/2018
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In 2018, 21 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Benjamin who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 77th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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Ben Shapiro made me fall in love with this name.
SylvieNyx  9/24/2018
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When I was about to baptize my sister my father gave me this name. People love me by this name. Everyday I asked God to favour me by my name, let my name which says Benjamin speak for me.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2018
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Benjamin Burrows is a character from one of my favourite books, The Apothecary By Maile Meloy.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2018
3
Very handsome name for a boy.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
3
Benjamin "Ben" Aaron Shapiro is a famous bearer.
TheGreatCornholio  4/2/2018
2
Benjamin is a really sweet name. Nicknames like Ben, Benny and Benji work nicely.
Kitandkat  3/27/2018
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Benjamin Disraeli was the United Kingdom's Prime Minister from 1874-1880.
Princess_Shireen  2/18/2018
1
Ben-jam-in.
Ev3_  12/4/2017
1
Our son's name is Benjamin and we chose it because we both liked it and his middle name was going to be Shasta (my wife's Dad's name) and it was one of the few names that sounded decent with that!
Doolind6  8/26/2017
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Benjamin, a good person, who was the youngest brother of Joseph. I have a "kind" grandson named Benjamin, and many people have told him that from older people than him and his peers. His Bar Mitzvah was in November of 2015. He is very proud of his religion.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
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Benjamin Levi "Benji" Madden is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, as well as pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers. He formed both of these acts with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden. Benji is currently a coach on The Voice Australia.
cutenose  5/20/2017
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Benjamin Orr, 1947-2000, the co-founder of The Cars.
RyanJShackle  5/15/2017
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Benjamin Flores Jr., also known as Lil' P-Nut, is an American child actor and rap artist. In music, he is known for his rap, "You Might Be the One". In acting, Flores starred as Louie Preston on the Nickelodeon television series The Haunted Hathaways, and since 2015 he has played Triple G on the Nickelodeon series Game Shakers. He also had a voice role in the animated feature film in Happy Feet Two, playing Atticus the rapping penguin.
cutenose  3/31/2017
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Benjamin Castaldi is a French television personality of Italian origin and Polish-Jewish descent through his maternal grandmother and the former host of Secret Story, the spinoff of Loft Story which are the French adaptations of Big Brother. He currently hosts Nouvelle Star, the French adaptation of Pop idol.
cutenose  2/27/2017
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Benjamin Millepied is a French dancer and choreographer, who has lived and worked in the United States after joining the New York City Ballet in 1995, where he became a soloist in 1998 and a principal in 2002. He also quickly started creating choreography for the company, and also choreographed pieces for other major companies. He retired from NYCB in 2011.
cutenose  2/25/2017
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Benjamin Siegel was a Jewish Mobster, infamous for his temper, and said to have committed a number of murders for the mob.
cuttlefishCuller  11/24/2016
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It is a nice name, but the meaning is a bit snobby. If you have other children, and a "favored son" that might lead to confusion. Still, the popularity of this name makes it stale and bland.
ERK  10/25/2016
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There's a little mistake in the French pronunciation. It should be be^n-zha-ME^N rather than ben-zha-ME^N. [noted -ed]
mclairel  9/8/2016
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Too damn long, all the Benjamins I know go by Ben, and it's boring too.
firestar11  8/14/2016
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 2008 film starring Brad Pitt.
djoestin  8/11/2016
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It's a nice name, but I dislike names that are as common as this one because they feel stale and boring.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
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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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In the film "The Patriot", Mel Gibson's character is Benjamin Martin, the hero and main character of the film.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2016
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Dislike this name. Sounds old and boring.
Luvbug86  11/22/2015
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Love this name. It is popular for good reasons. It's a very handsome name.
abster  10/31/2015
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Benjamin Richard Parker, the son of Mary Jane and Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
djoestin  9/7/2015
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Love this name. It's super popular but for good reason. You can get quite a few nicknames out of it too. Ben, Benny, Benji, Benjo, Banjo.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2015
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Benjamin Jacob "Ben" Grimm aka The Thing, founding member of the Fantastic Four in Marvel Comics and adaptations.
Feorsteorra  8/2/2015
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Also used in Norway. [noted -ed]
Quamalamalam  2/1/2015
1
I prefer Benedict.
hkols  11/2/2014
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I ADORE this name! This is number one on my boys list. I will definitely name my future son Benjamin! ^^ You have to admit, using the nickname "Benji" when they're little is just adorable!
― Anonymous User  8/10/2014
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Benjamin Jackson was a companion of the First and Second Doctors in Doctor Who.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
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Great name - good versatility (Benjamin, Ben, Benji), good international appeal, minimal tease-ability.
ParkerJones22  5/17/2014
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My husband is Benjamin "Ben". I love the name on its own and with the nickname, I don't think I've ever met a Benjamin who wasn't extremely sweet and friendly. It's also my son Arthur's middle name, after his father. It's been a favorite of mine for ages, I had actually planned on using it as a first name until I met my husband.
caroline alice  8/12/2013
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Love this name! Classic and timeless. I have a cousin with the name Benjamin and he is the sweetest, brightest little boy. I would definitely name my son Benjamin.
DestinedAuthor  7/24/2013
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In the book 18, Pete's vulnerable 8 year old son is named Benjamin. He is rarely called Ben, but usually goes by Benjamin.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2013
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Name of the Day: May 26, 2013.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2013
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I love this name! I also like that its been consistently popular for over 200 years.
Oohvintage  1/12/2013
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Love this name, love the name Ben. Sounds like such a sweet name for a little boy.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
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Ben Goldwasser is the keyboardist and also writes the music for psychedelic rock-pop band MGMT. He was born December 17, 1982.
cupcakes  6/6/2012
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Beautiful name, but I don't like it, because of the politics of Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield... in my opinion William Ewart Gladstone is better, and not only as a name.
Miklosich 00081  3/28/2012
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Very nice, classic boys name. I like Ben and Benjy for nicknames.
Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
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Even though this name is super popular, it is still my absolute favorite boys name as it is just so handsome!
Daenerys  2/5/2012
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My boyfriend has this name, but spelled Benjamen with an 'e'. Although I did once date a boy spelled the regular way. What can I say? I'm all about the benjamins (so of course I like this name...)
Ranee  12/30/2011
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Benjamin Barker (1776-1838) was a British painter.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2011
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Benjamin Tallmadge was an American soldier in the Revolution who ran the famous Culper Spy Ring in New York for George Washington. Also a friend of hanged spy Nathan Hale.
JW41926  4/6/2011
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I have a character called Benjamin and I pronounce it in the French and English ways. It depends on who's interacting with him I guess. It's a very kind and sophisticated name to me~
boykun  3/7/2011
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Benjamin Raich is an Austrian skier.
enchy  2/18/2011
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Comedian Owen Smith uses the stage name "Owen Benjamin".
StrangeFate  1/17/2011
2
Benjamin is a really nice name.
Chrila96  9/23/2010
1
Also a boys name in Croatia.
goricar  4/27/2010
2
The Scarlett Spider (Spiderman's clone) changed his name to Ben Reilly.
― Anonymous User  4/20/2010
1
Bearer of the name is Benjamin Netanyahu, the coolest Israeli Prime Minister! He is kick-butt and awesome. :)
_0TophasNails_1  4/3/2010
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Benjamin Britten great English composer.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2010
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Model Gisele Bundchen and football pro Tom Brady named their son Benjamin.
emily  12/22/2009
1
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady just named their baby Benjamin. Easy to pronounce by both their families.
Mari_Potter  12/21/2009
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In French, the youngest child in a family is called "le benjamin" (if male) or "la benjamine" (if female) in reference to the Biblical story.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2009
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I like this name, but I'm not sure why. I think it's much better than Benji.
-Julia-  7/24/2009
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Nicolas Cage played Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Gates in the National Treasure movies.
breakofday  5/26/2009
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Benjamin Button was the main character both of the new movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the short-story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The character in the movie was very kind, caring, and insightful. This has always been one of my favorite boy's name.
britto08  3/21/2009
1
The Hebrew pronunciation is "Ben-yah-meen" and means "Son of my right hand".
― Anonymous User  12/17/2008
1
Benjamin Linus is a fictional character on the TV-series Lost.
Emerson  7/21/2008
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Number 25 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
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Ben Barnes, a British actor who recently starred in 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' (as Prince Caspian), is actually named Benjamin. He was born on August 20, 1981.
Eruanna_Meldiriel  5/26/2008
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Well, you can't really go wrong with this name. This is one of those safe classic names like Andrew and Jacob that are likely to work on any regular guy and that shouldn't lead to bullying or discrimination, and the name sounds good for kids and adults alike. I also like the sound of the full name more than Ben alone, but Ben is the only decent nickname. Benji sounds like a name for a little kid or a dog, and only annoying and immature frat boys and members of crappy bands that only want to make money would go by Benji.
slight night shiver  5/16/2008
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The last living Thylacine (Tasmainian Wolf/Tasmainian Tiger) in captivity was supposedly named Benjamin.
Solaitaire  4/29/2008
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Believe it or not, but this name is starting to grow on me. I don't just picture losers or preps with the name anymore, and the associations have recently improved drastically. I can even stomach the nickname Ben now. I still don't like it enough to use it, but perhaps for one of my characters!
spaz123  4/23/2008
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A famous bearer was Benjamin Banneker (November 9, 1731–October 9, 1806), a free African American mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher.
AndrewJKD  4/14/2008
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Benjamin is a very nice name with a lot of history. I love the nickname Ben. I can see this name on a jock, a nerd, an actor, a dentist, a doctor, pretty much anything. I hope this name doesn't become too popular.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2008
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"Benjamin" is a song by Veruca Salt from the album "Eight Arms to Hold You".
FMRadio  3/15/2008
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'On My First Son', by Ben Johnson, laments the death of the poet's young son, also Benjamin. The opening line is a reference to the meaning behind the boy's name: "Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy".
Tytan  3/12/2008
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My nephew's name is Benjamin. When he was around 8 years old, his father and he were listening to some Bob Marley tunes when "Jammin'" came on. Ben listened intently to the song and then, with a big smile exclaimed, "This song is about ME!" My brother was puzzled but amused. "What do you mean, Ben?" Ben answered, "The guy is singing my name! Been jammin'!" Cool! So Ben will be "Ben Jammin'" forever more!
leananshae  11/27/2007
1
Benjamin is also the Czech and Slovak form. Name Day: 7. December (Czech) and 31. March (Slovak).
Karcoolka  10/28/2007
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I love this name! There's just something about it that I really love!
joanie2007  8/16/2007
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Uck. I just plain don't like this name, everyone with the name I've known are either preps or complete losers. It sounds like a name I would like but the few people I've known that have it, aren't exactly my best friends.
spaz123  7/29/2007
1
Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
1
Benjamin (nicknamed Ben) is the name of one of the Walton boys in the 1970s television show, "The Waltons".
Diamante04  5/26/2007
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This name is nice but it is still getting plain. It is a very popular birth name for children. I really like the nickname "Ben".
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
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This is a good and wholesome name that's for sure. But it is increasingly common which puts a damper on this gentle name. I've heard this name be used in countless movies, numbers of songs, plenty of people I have passed, and not to mention its famous start in the bible. The meaning, "Son of my right hand" is beautiful and seems like a a symbol of pride one has of their son. Benji is a cute nickname but most people cross compare a dog to this name. Which again is a bad trait for this name. Ben is not bad for a nickname but it's very plain in my opinion. Overall, Benjamin is a name one should consider. But I would only use this name if I had some sort of heart felt binding with it.
Cyneburga  1/26/2007
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This is the name of the lead singer in a rock band called, Breaking Benjamin. They're one of the most talented alternative bands I've come across.
Cyneburga  1/26/2007
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Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce is the main character on the television show "M*A*S*H" (1972-1983) and was played by Alan Alda.
mashlover  1/18/2007
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Benjamin here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  10/24/2006
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German pronunciation: BEN-yah-meen. [noted -ed]
Very popular name in Germany.
JHK  9/2/2006
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Pronounced BEN-ya-min (German). [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  8/30/2006
1
Benjamin is the name of Good Charlotte's lead guitarist and back up vocals. I think that it is a beautiful name. When used in the Benjamin form it is kind and sweet. But the nickname Benji it is strong and demanding.
thovampire  7/14/2006
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In Denmark the youngest person in a group is called the benjamin. I love this name and I would have loved to give it to my son, but unfortunately Benjamin is so popular in Denmark right now, that it is simply overused and way to common.
elliebeth  5/7/2006
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Two famous bearers are inventor Benjamin Franklin, and President Benjamin Harrison.
CoBy  4/30/2006
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Benjamin is a nice name. It makes me think of someone who is kind, gentle and strong. The one nickname for it that I don't like is Benji.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
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Benjamin Jorgenson is the lead singer of Armor For Sleep.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
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Benjamin is one of the stars of the OC's name.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
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On Star Trek: DS9, the captain was named Benjamin Sisko.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
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Benjamin was the name of Dustin Hoffman's character in the film The Graduate.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
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In American slang, benjamins are one hundred dollar bills. They're called that because Benjamin Franklin's face is on them. This usage of the name Benjamin was coined by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, who used it in several songs, including "It's All About the Benjamins."
WeloveyouJesseLacey  11/12/2005
1
In the Bible, Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel. The name either means "The Chosen One," or "The Favorite Son". (Most likely The Chosen One).
Tbird  6/23/2005
1
From the Hebrew name Binyamin. It is composed of two words "Bin" which means "Son" and "Yamin" which "right hand side". In Hebrew right hand side symbolizes strength. Therefore the true meaning is "son of strength". The meaning "son of south" isn’t correct. There is no reference in Hebrew for "yamin" to mean south.
Tomeriko  4/13/2005
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The word yamin does indeed refer to both "right" and "south". South is the direction of the right hand when facing East.
― Anonymous User  4/15/2005
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The name Benjamin is from the Arabic "ibn amin" meaning son of, or favored son of the father.
benzayb66  12/7/2004
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To correct a comment above - Benjamin is a Hebrew name from "Ben Yamin" (son of right (strength)) and is in no way a derivative of the Arabic "ibn amin". Arabic is a related language to Hebrew, so it's not surprising that the Arabic name is somewhat similar to the original Hebrew. But Benjamin was a Hebrew/Jewish name no less than 1,700 years before Mohammed and the advent of Islam. It made it into the Christian world long before Arabs adopted their own version of the name.
― Anonymous User  2/24/2017

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