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Bent is used as a masculine name in West Frisia (located in The Netherlands) and North Frisia (located in Germany) - but also here and there in The Netherlands and Germany itself (often by non-Frisian parents that simply have a love for Frisian names).

To get a slight idea about the frequency of this name, see the two links below (assuming you know where West Frisia and North Frisia are located in both countries):

http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nvb/naam/is/Bent (West Frisia)

http://gen-evolu.de/vorn.php?fan=Bent&rel=0 (North Frisia)

Note that in the link provided for West Frisia, the popularity rankings listed reflect The Netherlands as a whole, not the province of Friesland (i.e. West Frisia) only. However, some Frisian first names are so typically Frisian, that they are hardly used outside Friesland, so then it *is* possible to get a pretty good idea of how common they are in Friesland. The thing is, though, one would have to be a Dutchman knowledgeable about Frisian names, or a Frisian living in Friesland or elsewhere in The Netherlands, to gauge which Frisian name is hardly used outside Friesland (and thus whether its popularity rankings on the website of The Meertens Instituut mostly reflect those of Friesland). But unfortunately, I cannot tell you much about whether the popularity rankings for Bent mostly reflect those of Friesland: it's not a very common name, and I'm not really familiar with it. Researching the name at Dutch on-line social networking communities seems to indicate, that there's a somewhat even balance between Frisian-born Bents and Dutch-born Bents, so at best I can say that the name's popularity is equal in Friesland as it is in the rest of The Netherlands (that is, rather uncommon).

For the German link, please note that the link does not make a distinction in gender when it comes to the name's popularity - so it's impossible to tell how many of those Bents are actually male, and how many of them are actually female (as Bent could possibly be a short form of Bent(h)e in their case). The male and female bearers have simply been lumped together. Also, in Germany, Bent is also sometimes used as a short form for Benedict - unfortunately, one cannot see in the popularity rankings when Bent as a Frisian name is used, or when Bent is used as a German short form for Benedict (since the popularity rankings don't make a distinction between origins; again, everything is lumped together).
Lucille  9/19/2010

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