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Binu is a common given name for Boys in Kerala state in south western India. The name was popular in the 1970s. Binu is also a short form of Binyamin, a Aramiac, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic name. The Latin name Benjamin is derived from Binyamin.

People in Kerala are often known by their first name alone. That was the practice in most of southern India. First names were usually long and religious. Most had a popular short name derived from the first name. Names in Kerala underwent a revolution in Kerala during the 60s and 70s. Many Parents wanted their children to have religious-neutral popular short names in a state with many religions practiced in harmony. Most parents were educated in English by that time. So they invented names with two sounds in Malayalam starting with English alphabets. Anu, Binu, Cinu, Dinu, Finu, Ginu, Jinu, Linu, Minu, Rinu, Sinu, Tinu, Vinu, Winu, Zinu were common names given to children in Kerala of all religions and no-religion during that time. The missing alphabets I, K, N, O, P, Q, X, Y in the list did not make it as they did not rhyme in Malayalam. Many of the people with first name "Binu", got their name in this period for this reason as well. Hindus, Muslims, Christians and non-religious have the first name Binu. Kerala also started a practice of using the first name of the head of the household as the last name of the spouse and children, as the use of last name was not very common in the olden days. Hence the last name "Binu" started appearing in Kerala since the 1980s.


In Kerala, India, one of the entombed bishops in Manjanikkara is Binyamin. He came from Syria and died in service in Manjanikkara in the 16th century. Several of the Syrian Christian/Syrian Malabar Nasrani parents name their boys after him with names such as "Binu", "Benny", Benoy, Binoy (Ben-oni original name of Binyamin). Binyamin is pronounced as in "Be-new-min" in Hebrew & Syriac. So the real pronunciation is "Benew", but in Malayalam it is commonly pronounced as in "Beenoo" with short vowel sounds.

Binyam is the Ethyopian version of Binyamin Appelbaum, a reporter for the New York Times.


Bin means father or source of all light also stands for the sun itself.(In old prakrit).

Binu is also a modified or evolutionary form of the name Vinod, or Vinodam, which means happy or merry in Sanskrit. Thus the meaning of the name Binu can be attributed to 'merry man'.

Binu also means "Anger" in the West African Language of Yoruba. Quite a contradiction to the "merry man"


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