origin: Latin


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Son of my Right Hand

After the biblical Rachel named her twelfth son Benoni (meaning “son of my sorrow”) as she lay dying, dad Jacob pulled a clutch move and changed the name to Binyamin (“son of the south” or “son of the right hand”) to represent the place in which he was born. As hard as he tried, though, he couldn’t entirely change the name’s connotations. In the Middle Ages, the name was often given to boys whose mothers died during childbirth. But (!) it’s a solid, strong name and offers a few viable nickname options that work well for a guy of any age.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 25

Famous benjamin

  • Benjamin Harrison - US President
  • Benjamin Franklin - Founding Father
  • Benjamin “Ben” Affleck - actor
  • Benjamin Netanyahu - Israeli Prime Minister
  • Benjamin Bratt - actor

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