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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.BEN-ət
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Meaning & History

Medieval form of BENEDICT. This was the more common spelling in England until the 18th century. Modern use of the name is probably also influenced by the common surname Bennett, itself a derivative of the medieval name.
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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Cheers characters, directors, Frasier characters, surnames
Entry updated October 11, 2012   Contribute