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If you like the name Benjamin, but find it too popular, Benedict is a distinctive choice. It also shares the youthful nickname "Ben".
― Anonymous User  10/7/2018
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Horribly old fashioned. Also, Eggs Benedict.
kayisforkeen  8/30/2018
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The name Benedict was given to 167 boys in the US in 2017!
Lady_Skywalker  8/23/2018
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Sounds like 'bean addict'. Kind of funny.
Hushpuppy  4/16/2018
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I will shed some light on being raised as an American "Benedict". It was horrible! I took an awful beating both figuratively and literally. While the occasional Benedict Arnold reference would be thrown my way, I was okay with that, and when people hear or see my middle initial is an "A" I sometimes get a look of disbelief! It was the dissection of syllables and double entendres that I endured that caused the most grief. Forty-ish years later and with a more hardened shell, I find myself giggling at the creativity that was dispensed at my expense during my youth.
As I came into my twenties the heat cooled and I found some level of ownership in my name. Truth be told, women found the name somewhat charming and men who I respected found the name masculine and commanding. Upon meeting Reagan's Education Secretary and radio show host William Bennett who has an interest in unique names, he asked my first and middle name, I replied " Benedict Anthony", almost shocked and certainly approvingly his response was a resounding "Wow, that's strong!"
I go by "Ben" yet do not run from my name as I did as a child and teen, I somewhat proudly proclaim the name. I make jokes about my misguided parents yet I find approval from most people. Some I know and have known like my name so much they address me by Benedict, I do not mind and take it as a sign of respect and a compliment.
Many people assume my name is Benjamin, I politely correct them these days, something I never would've done as a teen praying they didn't find out my name was/is Benedict.
I have found that geography plays a role in the acceptance of the name Benedict, non-Americans are rarely taken back by my name. When I say my name urbanites compliment, rural people respond "Come Again" and folks from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Louisiana will ask if I'm Catholic.
In closing, it's a brutal name for a child but one that I believe will make one stronger and more resilient. Anybody can be a Mike, Steve, Todd, Brad, Greg or Mark; it takes a special personality to pull off a Benedict.
Benedict Anthony  1/26/2018
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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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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
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The name Benedict was given to 151 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/18/2016
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I personally find the name Benedict really HOT. And it sounds very classy. :D.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2015
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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
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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
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Benedict is a great name. I much prefer it to Benjamin.
hkols  11/2/2014
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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
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This name also used in the Netherlands, though it's pretty rare. The pronunciation is BAY-nə-dikt.
renee06  2/12/2014
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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
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The name Benedict was given to 86 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/20/2013
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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
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Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor known for his roles in Sherlock, Atonement, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among others.
theKyra  3/10/2012
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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
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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
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Barak or Baruch have the same meaning as Benedict in the Arabic and Hebrew languages.
Anton  3/11/2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I always think of Eggs Benedict when I hear this name.
jasmineenimsaj  3/6/2008
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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
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Most simply, BENEDICT means (Ben/Bon) GOOD, (dict) write, or SPEECH.
jaydubyo  10/5/2007
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I prefer it with a k.
carenmuffin  8/15/2007
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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
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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
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I always think of Benedict Arnold.
7up  2/4/2007
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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
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Benedict here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  10/24/2006
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Popes Benedict I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XVI are famous bearers.
emiliana94  8/5/2006
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This name has a very catchy sound to it.
FairyGirl  7/1/2006
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Bennedict McCarthy (better known as Benni McCarthy) is a famous soccer player for F.C.Porto.
angelsariel  4/29/2006
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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
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I think it would be a good name for a cat.
lunalovegood  1/7/2006
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There is also Eggs Benedict.
breakofday  12/9/2005
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Benedict is the name of the new Pope.
Miss Claire  4/19/2005

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