Benjamin Name Meaning

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Fact: The name Benjamin appears in numerous works of literature, including the classic novel “Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which was adapted into a popular film.

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A Deep Dive

Benjamin Overview

Meaning

Son of the right hand, son of the south

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Binyamin,” meaning “son of the right hand” or “son of the south.”

Religion

Christianity, Judaism

Pronunciation

/ˈbɛn.dʒə.mɪn/

Popularity

Benjamin is super popular all over, especially in English-speaking and European places. In the U.S., it’s been a top 10 name for boys in 2023.

Syllable

3 syllables

Length

8 letters

Numerology

5 (Visionary, Expansive, Adventurous)

Name Styles

Popular, Classic, Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Intelligent, trustworthy, kind

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Benjamin is a significant biblical figure, one of the twelve sons of Jacob and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Name Day

March 31st
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Benjamin Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Benjamim, Benyamin, Benyamín, Benyamino, Benyaminah

Common Nicknames

Benji, Jamie, Benny, Jamin

Diminutives

Ben, Benjy, Bennie

Famous People

  • Benjamin Franklin
    (American Founding Father)
  • Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Israeli Politician)
  • Benjamin Britten
    (British Composer)
  • Benjamin Bratt
    (American Actor)
  • Benjamin Harrison
    (23rd President of the United States)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Benjamin Button
    ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Film)
  • "Benjamin Franklin"
    (Biography by Walter Isaacson)
  • Benjamin Sisko
    ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," TV Series)
  • "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
    (Film)

Places

  • Benjamin City
    (Texas, USA)
  • Benjamin Park
    (California, USA)
  • Benjamin River
    (Maine, USA)
  • Benjamin Island
    (Alaska, USA)
  • Benjamin Lake
    (Ontario, Canada)
  • Benjamin Mountain
    (Vermont, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Benjamin?

Benjamin means “son of the right hand” or “son of the south” in Hebrew. This name suggests a personality that is dependable and trustworthy, often seen as a supportive and reliable friend or family member.

What Is the Origin of The Name Benjamin?

Benjamin has Hebrew origins. It comes from the Hebrew name “Binyamin,”. The name is biblical, belonging to Jacob’s youngest son in the Old Testament, and has been used in various cultures and languages throughout history.

Benjamin Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Benjamin in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#62016#62017#62018

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Benjamin

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202311
(-2 from 2022)
10172
(-712 from 2022)
0.55550
20229
(-2 from 2021)
10884
(-988 from 2021)
0.58111
20217
No change from 2020
11872
(-376 from 2020)
0.63364
20207
No change from 2019
12248
(-781 from 2019)
0.66217
20197
(-1 from 2018)
13029
(-449 from 2018)
0.67797
20186
No change from 2017
13478
(-372 from 2017)
0.69340
20176
No change from 2016
13850
(-829 from 2016)
0.69981
20166
(+4 from 2015)
14679
(+950 from 2015)
0.72466
201510
(+2 from 2014)
13729
(-94 from 2014)
0.67153
201412
(+2 from 2013)
13823
(+314 from 2013)
0.67455
201314
(+2 from 2012)
13509
(+678 from 2012)
0.66853
201216
(+3 from 2011)
12831
(-246 from 2011)
0.63232
201119
(+3 from 2010)
13077
(+640 from 2010)
0.64374
201022
(-3 from 2009)
12437
(-684 from 2009)
0.60538
200919
(+6 from 2008)
13121
(+164 from 2008)
0.61865
200825
(+1 from 2007)
12957
(-323 from 2007)
0.59424
200726
(-2 from 2006)
13280
(-484 from 2006)
0.59953
200624
(+1 from 2005)
13764
(+180 from 2005)
0.62782
200525
No change from 2004
13584
(-243 from 2004)
0.63854
200425
(-1 from 2003)
13827
(-255 from 2003)
0.65427
200324
(+3 from 2002)
14082
(+590 from 2002)
0.67020
200227
No change from 2001
13492
(-845 from 2001)
0.65284
200127
(-1 from 2000)
14337
(-507 from 2000)
0.69314
200026
(+3 from 1999)
14844
(+1178 from 1999)
0.71081
199929
(+1 from 1998)
13666
(+605 from 1998)
0.67023
199830
(-1 from 1997)
13061
(-205 from 1997)
0.64415
199729
No change from 1996
13266
(-519 from 1996)
0.66404
199629
(+2 from 1995)
13785
(+1066 from 1995)
0.68797
199531
No change from 1994
12719
(-72 from 1994)
0.63236
199431
(+2 from 1993)
12791
(+106 from 1993)
0.62752
199333
No change from 1992
12685
(-769 from 1992)
0.61413
199233
No change from 1991
13454
(-424 from 1991)
0.64092
199133
No change from 1990
13878
(-752 from 1990)
0.65472
199033
(-4 from 1989)
14630
(-1103 from 1989)
0.67982
198929
(+1 from 1988)
15733
(+546 from 1988)
0.75063
198830
(-2 from 1987)
15187
(+297 from 1987)
0.75849
198728
(+2 from 1986)
14890
(+1096 from 1986)
0.76351
198630
(+1 from 1985)
13794
(+365 from 1985)
0.71781
198531
(-1 from 1984)
13429
(+160 from 1984)
0.69782
198430
(+2 from 1983)
13269
(-15 from 1983)
0.70704
198332
(+1 from 1982)
13284
(-531 from 1982)
0.71282
198233
(-1 from 1981)
13815
(-544 from 1981)
0.73204
198132
No change from 1980
14359
(+732 from 1980)
0.77100
198032
(+1 from 1979)
13627
(+1113 from 1979)
0.73470
197933
(+1 from 1978)
12514
(+1101 from 1978)
0.69859
197834
(-5 from 1977)
11413
(-694 from 1977)
0.66797
197729
(+3 from 1976)
12107
(+1433 from 1976)
0.70828
197632
(+4 from 1975)
10674
(+1130 from 1975)
0.65381
197536
(+10 from 1974)
9544
(+2360 from 1974)
0.58826
197446
(+9 from 1973)
7184
(+1955 from 1973)
0.44067
197355
(+9 from 1972)
5229
(+732 from 1972)
0.32405
197264
(+5 from 1971)
4497
(+247 from 1971)
0.26863
197169
(+12 from 1970)
4250
(+323 from 1970)
0.23379
197081
(+10 from 1969)
3927
(+549 from 1969)
0.20617
196991
(+8 from 1968)
3378
(+361 from 1968)
0.18467
196899
(+20 from 1967)
3017
(+511 from 1967)
0.16993
1967119
(+11 from 1966)
2506
(+129 from 1966)
0.14083
1966130
(+3 from 1965)
2377
(+39 from 1965)
0.13077
1965133
(-2 from 1964)
2338
(-166 from 1964)
0.12340
1964131
(+13 from 1963)
2504
(+154 from 1963)
0.12353
1963144
(-4 from 1962)
2350
(-156 from 1962)
0.11382
1962140
(+6 from 1961)
2506
(+118 from 1961)
0.11924
1961146
(+9 from 1960)
2388
(+144 from 1960)
0.11071
1960155
(-5 from 1959)
2244
(-88 from 1959)
0.10363
1959150
(+1 from 1958)
2332
(+79 from 1958)
0.10764
1958151
(-13 from 1957)
2253
(-236 from 1957)
0.10455
1957138
(-7 from 1956)
2489
(+16 from 1956)
0.11371
1956131
(+1 from 1955)
2473
(+25 from 1955)
0.11523
1955132
No change from 1954
2448
(-4 from 1954)
0.11711
1954132
(-4 from 1953)
2452
(+37 from 1953)
0.11850
1953128
(-6 from 1952)
2415
(-24 from 1952)
0.12062
1952122
(+1 from 1951)
2439
(+94 from 1951)
0.12360
1951123
No change from 1950
2345
(+160 from 1950)
0.12267
1950123
(+11 from 1949)
2185
(+168 from 1949)
0.12013
1949134
(+6 from 1948)
2017
(+56 from 1948)
0.11193
1948140
(+4 from 1947)
1961
(+29 from 1947)
0.11000
1947144
(+2 from 1946)
1932
(+277 from 1946)
0.10401
1946146
(-6 from 1945)
1655
(+93 from 1945)
0.10028
1945140
(-10 from 1944)
1562
(-60 from 1944)
0.11389
1944130
No change from 1943
1622
(-97 from 1943)
0.11676
1943130
(-1 from 1942)
1719
(+27 from 1942)
0.11818
1942129
(-5 from 1941)
1692
(+114 from 1941)
0.12015
1941124
(+4 from 1940)
1578
(+132 from 1940)
0.12575
1940128
(-4 from 1939)
1446
(+23 from 1939)
0.12191
1939124
(+1 from 1938)
1423
(+7 from 1938)
0.12556
1938125
(-6 from 1937)
1416
(-6 from 1937)
0.12459
1937119
(+4 from 1936)
1422
(+68 from 1936)
0.13002
1936123
No change from 1935
1354
(-55 from 1935)
0.12722
1935123
(-6 from 1934)
1409
(-74 from 1934)
0.13173
1934117
(+1 from 1933)
1483
(+71 from 1933)
0.13965
1933118
(-3 from 1932)
1412
(-128 from 1932)
0.13841
1932115
(-2 from 1931)
1540
(-19 from 1931)
0.14333
1931113
(+2 from 1930)
1559
(-35 from 1930)
0.14573
1930115
(-8 from 1929)
1594
(-101 from 1929)
0.14112
1929107
(-1 from 1928)
1695
(-110 from 1928)
0.15303
1928106
(-5 from 1927)
1805
(-120 from 1927)
0.15817
1927101
(-3 from 1926)
1925
(+27 from 1926)
0.16567
192698
(-5 from 1925)
1898
(-171 from 1925)
0.16570
192593
(-4 from 1924)
2069
(-152 from 1924)
0.17969
192489
(-3 from 1923)
2221
(-95 from 1923)
0.18999
192386
(-4 from 1922)
2316
(-62 from 1922)
0.20454
192282
No change from 1921
2378
(-34 from 1921)
0.21134
192182
(+1 from 1920)
2412
(+103 from 1920)
0.21196
192083
(-4 from 1919)
2309
(+30 from 1919)
0.20976
191979
No change from 1918
2279
(-152 from 1918)
0.22446
191879
(-3 from 1917)
2431
(+45 from 1917)
0.23182
191776
(+3 from 1916)
2386
(+200 from 1916)
0.24872
191679
(-8 from 1915)
2186
(-55 from 1915)
0.23677
191571
(-1 from 1914)
2241
(+418 from 1914)
0.25439
191470
No change from 1913
1823
(+357 from 1913)
0.26679
191370
(-3 from 1912)
1466
(+194 from 1912)
0.27338
191267
(-3 from 1911)
1272
(+582 from 1911)
0.28176
191164
(+6 from 1910)
690
(+154 from 1910)
0.28584
191070
(-7 from 1909)
536
(+47 from 1909)
0.25705
190963
No change from 1908
489
(+9 from 1908)
0.27649
190863
(+1 from 1907)
480
(+20 from 1907)
0.28852
190764
(+7 from 1906)
460
(+108 from 1906)
0.29007
190671
(-3 from 1905)
352
(-27 from 1905)
0.24433
190568
No change from 1904
379
(+21 from 1904)
0.26460
190468
(+1 from 1903)
358
(+34 from 1903)
0.25848
190369
(-8 from 1902)
324
(-50 from 1902)
0.25054
190261
(-5 from 1901)
374
(+31 from 1901)
0.28173
190156
(+1 from 1900)
343
(-107 from 1900)
0.29673
190057
No change from 1899
450
(+115 from 1899)
0.27757
189957
(-2 from 1898)
335
(-70 from 1898)
0.29081
189855
(-1 from 1897)
405
(+27 from 1897)
0.30659
189754
(-3 from 1896)
378
(-38 from 1896)
0.30998
189651
(-3 from 1895)
416
(-36 from 1895)
0.32231
189548
(-4 from 1894)
452
(-17 from 1894)
0.35691
189444
(-2 from 1893)
469
(-13 from 1893)
0.37552
189342
No change from 1892
482
(-43 from 1892)
0.39821
189242
(-1 from 1891)
525
(+64 from 1891)
0.39939
189141
(-4 from 1890)
461
(-76 from 1890)
0.42191
189037
(-16 from 1889)
537
(-223 from 1889)
0.44862
188921
(+4 from 1888)
760
(-21 from 1888)
0.63848
188825
(+9 from 1887)
781
(+308 from 1887)
0.60120
188734
(+5 from 1886)
473
(+10 from 1886)
0.43271
188639
(-1 from 1885)
463
(-1 from 1885)
0.38894
188538
No change from 1884
464
(-45 from 1884)
0.40019
188438
(-7 from 1883)
509
(+1 from 1883)
0.41470
188331
(+3 from 1882)
508
(+30 from 1882)
0.45166
188234
(-3 from 1881)
478
(-3 from 1881)
0.39170
188131
(+1 from 1880)
481
(-9 from 1880)
0.44424
188032
First SSA data recorded
490
First SSA data recorded
0.41385

American States Popularity Rankings for Benjamin

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

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New York (NY)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Ohio (OH)

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Illinois (IL)

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Florida (FL)

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Michigan (MI)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Georgia (GA)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Virginia (VA)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Indiana (IN)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Washington (WA)

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Missouri (MO)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Maryland (MD)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Colorado (CO)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Alabama (AL)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Iowa (IA)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Oregon (OR)

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Utah (UT)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Kansas (KS)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Maine (ME)

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West Virginia (WV)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Idaho (ID)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Nevada (NV)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Montana (MT)

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North Dakota (ND)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Delaware (DE)

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Alaska (AK)

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Vermont (VT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Benjamin in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in Sweden

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Popularity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Uruguay

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Popularity in Finland

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Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in Denmark

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Germany

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Hungary

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in France

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Popularity in Greenland

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Popularity in Mexico

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Czechia

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Benjamin a Name for Boys or Girls?

Benjamin is a boy’s name. Its strong biblical roots and traditional usage for males make it a widely appreciated name for boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Benjamin