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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
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
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
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
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
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
Benjamin was the name of Dustin Hoffman's character in the film The Graduate.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
On Star Trek: DS9, the captain was named Benjamin Sisko.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
Benjamin is one of the stars of the OC's name.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
Benjamin Jorgenson is the lead singer of Armor For Sleep.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
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
Two famous bearers are inventor Benjamin Franklin, and President Benjamin Harrison.
CoBy  4/30/2006
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
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
Pronounced BEN-ya-min (German). [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  8/30/2006
German pronunciation: BEN-yah-meen. [noted -ed]
Very popular name in Germany.
JHK  9/2/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Benjamin here:
_satu_  10/24/2006
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
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
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
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
Benjamin (nicknamed Ben) is the name of one of the Walton boys in the 1970s television show, "The Waltons".
Diamante04  5/26/2007
Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
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
I love this name! There's just something about it that I really love!
joanie2007  8/16/2007
Benjamin is also the Czech and Slovak form. Name Day: 7. December (Czech) and 31. March (Slovak).
Karcoolka  10/28/2007
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
'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
"Benjamin" is a song by Veruca Salt from the album "Eight Arms to Hold You".
FMRadio  3/15/2008
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
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
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
The last living Thylacine (Tasmainian Wolf/Tasmainian Tiger) in captivity was supposedly named Benjamin.
Solaitaire  4/29/2008
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
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
Number 25 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
Benjamin Linus is a fictional character on the TV-series Lost.
Emerson  7/21/2008
The Hebrew pronunciation is "Ben-yah-meen" and means "Son of my right hand".
― Anonymous User  12/17/2008
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
Nicolas Cage played Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Gates in the National Treasure movies.
breakofday  5/26/2009
I like this name, but I'm not sure why. I think it's much better than Benji.
-Julia-  7/24/2009
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
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady just named their baby Benjamin. Easy to pronounce by both their families.
Mari_Potter  12/21/2009
Model Gisele Bundchen and football pro Tom Brady named their son Benjamin.
emily  12/22/2009
Benjamin Britten great English composer.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2010
Bearer of the name is Benjamin Netanyahu, the coolest Israeli Prime Minister! He is kick-butt and awesome. :)
_0TophasNails_1  4/3/2010
The Scarlett Spider (Spiderman's clone) changed his name to Ben Reilly.
― Anonymous User  4/20/2010
Also a boys name in Croatia.
goricar  4/27/2010
Benjamin is a really nice name.
Chrila96  9/23/2010
Comedian Owen Smith uses the stage name "Owen Benjamin".
StrangeFate  1/17/2011
Benjamin Raich is an Austrian skier.
enchy  2/18/2011
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
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
Benjamin Barker (1776-1838) was a British painter.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2011
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
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
Very nice, classic boys name. I like Ben and Benjy for nicknames.
Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
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
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
Love this name, love the name Ben. Sounds like such a sweet name for a little boy.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
I love this name! I also like that its been consistently popular for over 200 years.
Oohvintage  1/12/2013
Name of the Day: May 26, 2013.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2013
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
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
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
Great name - good versatility (Benjamin, Ben, Benji), good international appeal, minimal tease-ability.
ParkerJones22  5/17/2014
Benjamin Jackson was a companion of the First and Second Doctors in Doctor Who.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
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
I prefer Benedict.
hkols  11/2/2014
Also used in Norway. [noted -ed]
Quamalamalam  2/1/2015
Benjamin Jacob "Ben" Grimm aka The Thing, founding member of the Fantastic Four in Marvel Comics and adaptations.
Feorsteorra  8/2/2015
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
Benjamin Richard Parker, the son of Mary Jane and Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
djoestin  9/7/2015
Love this name. It is popular for good reasons. It's a very handsome name.
abster  10/31/2015
Dislike this name. Sounds old and boring.
Luvbug86  11/22/2015
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
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
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
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 2008 film starring Brad Pitt.
djoestin  8/11/2016
Too damn long, all the Benjamins I know go by Ben, and it's boring too.
firestar11  8/14/2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
Benjamin Orr, 1947-2000, the co-founder of The Cars.
RyanJShackle  5/15/2017
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
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
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
Ev3_  12/4/2017
Benjamin Disraeli was the United Kingdom's Prime Minister from 1874-1880.
Princess_Shireen  2/18/2018

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