Benjamin Name Meaning

Whether being called Benjamin, Ben, Benny or Benji, there is little doubt in the popularity of the name over the years. Benjamin has been a staple on the the Social Security Administration’s most popular baby names chart, hovering under the radar before cracking the top ten for the first time in 2016.

While Benjamin is a reliable fixture in the SSA’s rankings, the name has a lineage reaching all the way back to ancient times. He originated in Hebrew and means “son of my right hand,” the perfect name for any parents’ little buddy.

Benjamin has been a leader throughout history with Benjamin Franklin and President Benjamin Harrison bearing the name along with English politician Benjamin Disraeli. He’s also a biblical choice, used in the Old Testament as Jacob’s youngest son and the founder of a Hebrew tribe.

For parents, Benjamin is trustworthy and reliably stylish. He’s a solid and respected boy’s name that does not have a history of overuse like James or John. With multiple nicknames available, Benjamin is also a flexible choice, allowing for both informal and formal usage while remaining trendy and traditional, all at the same time. Other Ben– names include Bennett, Bentley, and Benson.

Infographic of Benjamin name meaning, which is Meaning a favorite son, Benjamin comes from the Hebrew ben yamin, son of the right hand.
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Benjamin Name Popularity

How popular is the name Benjamin? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 71 497 0.1412%
1911 64 645 0.1732%
1912 67 1,245 0.2469%
1913 70 1,451 0.2559%
1914 70 1,802 0.2586%
1915 71 2,231 0.2456%
1916 79 2,169 0.2245%
1917 76 2,372 0.2371%
1918 78 2,426 0.226%
1919 79 2,272 0.217%
1920 83 2,304 0.2072%
1921 81 2,406 0.2101%
1922 82 2,369 0.2126%
1923 86 2,306 0.2059%
1924 89 2,206 0.19%
1925 93 2,054 0.1817%
1926 98 1,881 0.171%
1927 101 1,904 0.172%
1928 105 1,776 0.166%
1929 107 1,676 0.1618%
1930 114 1,580 0.1513%
1931 112 1,546 0.1566%
1932 117 1,512 0.153%
1933 118 1,401 0.1504%
1934 117 1,456 0.1506%
1935 123 1,389 0.1429%
1936 123 1,324 0.1374%
1937 119 1,396 0.1417%
1938 127 1,386 0.1354%
1939 124 1,403 0.1379%
1940 128 1,424 0.134%
1941 125 1,549 0.1376%
1942 130 1,659 0.1314%
1943 130 1,694 0.1298%
1944 128 1,615 0.1303%
1945 140 1,545 0.1267%
1946 146 1,644 0.1114%
1947 144 1,908 0.1143%
1948 141 1,942 0.1217%
1949 133 2,010 0.125%
1950 123 2,177 0.1352%
1951 123 2,332 0.1375%
1952 122 2,432 0.1393%
1953 128 2,410 0.1362%
1954 132 2,440 0.1335%
1955 132 2,438 0.1325%
1956 130 2,458 0.1301%
1957 138 2,481 0.1289%
1958 151 2,231 0.118%
1959 149 2,327 0.1225%
1960 155 2,230 0.1177%
1961 146 2,385 0.1263%
1962 140 2,501 0.1362%
1963 144 2,337 0.1302%
1964 131 2,494 0.1417%
1965 133 2,327 0.1423%
1966 129 2,361 0.1512%
1967 119 2,495 0.1644%
1968 99 3,016 0.2009%
1969 91 3,373 0.2189%
1970 81 3,930 0.247%
1971 69 4,251 0.2829%
1972 64 4,504 0.3307%
1973 55 5,235 0.4038%
1974 46 7,189 0.5531%
1975 36 9,552 0.7433%
1976 32 10,680 0.8287%
1977 29 12,112 0.8986%
1978 34 11,415 0.849%
1979 33 12,520 0.8879%
1980 32 13,635 0.9325%
1981 32 14,354 0.9765%
1982 33 13,818 0.9247%
1983 32 13,287 0.9004%
1984 30 13,263 0.8916%
1985 31 13,428 0.8847%
1986 30 13,789 0.9135%
1987 28 14,880 0.9751%
1988 30 15,185 0.9744%
1989 29 15,730 0.9748%
1990 33 14,621 0.8821%
1991 33 13,872 0.8511%
1992 33 13,452 0.8428%
1993 33 12,679 0.8133%
1994 31 12,787 0.8332%
1995 31 12,715 0.8437%
1996 29 13,777 0.9201%
1997 29 13,266 0.897%
1998 30 13,059 0.8725%
1999 29 13,660 0.9122%
2000 26 14,840 0.9714%
2001 27 14,329 0.951%
2002 27 13,478 0.8994%
2003 24 14,073 0.925%
2004 25 13,818 0.9066%
2005 25 13,572 0.8877%
2006 24 13,755 0.8785%
2007 26 13,275 0.8414%
2008 25 12,946 0.8376%
2009 19 13,111 0.8772%
2010 22 12,428 0.8624%
2011 19 13,061 0.9167%
2012 16 12,821 0.8997%
2013 14 13,494 0.9478%
2014 12 13,790 0.9465%
2015 10 13,692 0.941%
2016 6 14,629 1.0146%
2017 6 13,733 0.984%
2018 6 13,381 0.974%
2019 7 12,942 0.956%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Benjamin

If you like Benjamin, you’ll love these other names like Benjamin.


What names are diminutives of Benjamin?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Benjamin sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Benjamin, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ben

Son

Hebrew

Benjee

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjey

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benji

Son; son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjie

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjy

Son; son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benn

Son; son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Bennie

Son; blessed; son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Latin

Benno

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benny

Son; son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Bibi

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Jamin

Son of the right hand

Hebrew

Yamin

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Yemin

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew


What names are variants of Benjamin?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Benjamin.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Benejamen

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Beniamino

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjaman

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjamen

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjamino

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjamon

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjiman

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benjimen

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benyamin

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Benyamino

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Binyamin

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Binyamino

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Veniamin

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Venyamin

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew

Yamino

Son of the right hand; son of the south; son of my old age

Hebrew


What names sound like Benjamin?

If you like how Benjamin sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Benjamin.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Benaiah
Bendt
Benedict

Blessed

Latin

Benito

Blessed

Latin

Bennett

Blessed

English

Benniton

Little blessed one

American

Benson

Son of Ben

Bentley

Bent grass meadow

English


What names are similar to Benjamin?

Find a name that’s like Benjamin, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aaron

High mountain

Hebrew

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

George

Farmer

Greek

Henry

Home ruler

English

Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

William

A willing protector

German


Lists With Benjamin

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Benjamin.


Siblings of Benjamin

Mamas with kids named Benjamin also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Jack

God is gracious

English

Graham

Gravelled homestead

English

Raquel

Ewe

Spanish

Miguel

Who is Like God?

Spanish

Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

Justice

To deliver what is just

English

Katilin
Donald

Great chief; world mighty

Scottish

Lucille

Of the light

French

25 Comments

  1. It’s a beautiful name and it has a beautiful meaning

  2. Truth be told, my husband got free reign on our second child’s name, because despite initially hating our firstborns name, he knew how important it was to me that our firstborn be named it. My husband and I really have a hard time agreeing on baby names. He likes super generic names while I don’t want my children sharing the same name as 5 other kids in their grade etc.
    We both had liked Benjamin but agreed that we would want the baby to go by Benji if we ever used the name Benjamin. When our second was born and we found out it was a boy my husband suddenly couldn’t decide on that or Gideon. Turns out our firstborn was the one who made the decision a day later when she saw the baby for the first time and called him Benji. My husband was relieved to finally have a name chosen and has officially declared that he never wants sole responsibility for naming one of our children. 🙂

  3. He’s 2

  4. We chose the name Benjamin because of the biblical meaning behind it.

  5. We named our son Benjamin Benedict. Benjamin because sounds perfect in many languages and Benedict because of my father. We are not americans, so later we realized that both names has the nick name “Ben“. Do you think it was a bad chose?

  6. I was born and raised in Germany, and our son was conceived while visiting the country. I wanted a name that was a little more traditionally German and this one stuck. We love that he’s the only one in our circle with this name, and it has many cute nick name options.

  7. We are raising a bilingual family and the name Benjamin is spelled the same in both spanish and english, but pronounced differently. Perfect for him to identify the different language depending on how his name is being pronounced, yet easy to write someday because the spelling doesn’t change 🙂

  8. My sons father picked out his name. He’s our second born son! He got to pick the name. I actually wanted to name him Archie Alexander! But fell in love with Benjamin!

  9. Benjamin was just one of the few names my husband and I both liked.

  10. We named our baby after my dad who passed away in 2014.

  11. I chose Benjamin because it was a biblical name. I also chose his name because Benjamin was the youngest child of Israel and Benjamin is my last baby.

  12. My 5 year old daughter started calling our unnamed baby “Benji“, which gave my husband the idea of Benjamin! After he mentioned it, I just thought he did actually look like a benjamin so it stuck 🙂

  13. May 4th. May the forth be with you. He is my little ben solo

  14. Name after a state park in Arkansas

  15. Handsome

  16. Beautiful boy

  17. I chose the name Benjamin because of my faith. It is a biblical name and means son of my right hand. Referring to being a favorite. It was the son of Jacob in the Bible and he loved him very much. This is my first baby but he is my favorite as he is the first.

  18. God give that name to my mother in law..

    I like the name Benjamin because it means the right hand of the father…

  19. I have never met a mean Ben in my life and have always loved the name. Then when I looked into the meaning of it, I saw that biblically many families named their youngest son Benjamin. It also means son of the right hand. Our Benjamin is our youngest son, so I thought that was a great fit. I just think it’s a great name!

  20. Of course my husband’s name is one of the popular names. Whereas mine hasn’t been in favor since the 1930’s. I belong to different generation lol.

  21. My husband named him just have always loved the name Benjamin:)

  22. He is our third and, we thought, our last. Benjamin is the name of the youngest son of the tribes of Israel, so we thought it appropriate for our youngest. We don’t know any other kids with this name after three years.

  23. I was looking for a name that came with several cute nickname options. I never really had much of a nickname growing up and always wanted one. We call him Benji, Ben, and Benny.

  24. Mu husband’s name is Israel…And in the Bible, the last son of Israel was Benjamin, that he had with his beloved favorite wife Raquel…And Raquel is my daughter’s name…So I found that this is the perfect name for a little boy of Israel LOL. And I just love this name…It means “son of the right hand” and Benjamin in the Bible stood by his father’s side till the end. I do love this story.

  25. This was just a name we liked. Possible nicknames are: Benja (our favorite) and Ben. Goes great with a one syllable middle name.
    Possible dislike (but does not bother us) is it’s pretty lengthy in letters.


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