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What Does the Name Benjamin Mean?

By Emma Davies


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Benjamin is a name of Hebrew origin that means ‘son of the right hand’ or ‘son of the south’. The name comes from the Old Testament of the Bible and is derived from the Hebrew name Binyamin which is a combination of Ben means ‘son’ and yāmīn translates to ‘right hand’ or ‘right side’.


What Does the Name Benjamin Mean?

In the Bible, Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob, and the biblical boy’s name is found regularly in the book of Genesis. During the Medieval period, the name was used as a nickname for the youngest son in the family.

It is a classic boy’s name that never goes out of style. In fact, the name is more popular today than it has ever been, often being shortened to Ben, Benny, or Benji if you want to give your baby a cute nickname.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the right hand
  • Pronunciation: Ben – Juh – Min
  • Gender: Male

How Popular is the Name Benjamin?

Benjamin has been a popular boy’s for several decades. In 1968, the name entered the top 100 most popular boys’ names in the US and has stayed there ever since.

By 2009, Benjamin had ranked within the top 20. The name peaked in popularity in 2016, ranking at number 6. Latest statistics from Social Security data show that in 2021, 11791 baby boys born that year were named Benjamin.

Name Variations 

Name Meaning Origin
Binyamin Son of the right hand Arabic
Beniamino Son of the South Italian
Peni Son of my right hand Hawaiian
Benjee Son of my old age Hebrew
Benji Son of the South Hebrew
Venyamin Son of the right hand Russian
Ben Son Hebrew

Other Biblical Boys’ Names

Name Meaning
Aaron High mountain
Abraham Father of multitudes
Caleb Faith and devotion
Daniel God is my judge
David Beloved
Ethan Strong and firm
Ezra Help

Alternative Boy Names Starting with ‘B’

Name Meaning Origin
Beamon Beekeeper English
Beau Handsome French
Barack Blessed African
Beck From the brook English
Bennett Little blessed one Latin
Bryce Speckled English
Brody Name of Scottish caste Scottish

Famous People Named Benjamin

  • Benjamin Franklin – American statesman, politician, and writer.
  • Benjamin Bratt – American actor and producer.
  • Ben Affleck – American Actor.
  • Benjamin Orr – American musician and singer.
  • Benjamin Harrison – 23rd American president.
  • Benny Goodman – Jazz musician.