Benjamin (name)

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Benjamin
Pronunciation/ˈbɛnəmɪn/
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameבִּנְיָמִין Binyāmīn
Meaning"Son of my right hand."
Other names
Nickname(s)Ben, Benny, Biniam, Benjy, Benji, Benjie, Bengie, Benson, Benvolio

Benjamin is a popular given name for males, derived from Hebrew בִּנְיָמִין, Binyāmīn, translating as "Son of my right [hand]", though in the Samaritan Pentateuch, the name appears as ࠁࠍࠉࠌࠉࠌ, "Binyaamem" "Son of my days". It is often shortened to Ben, and sometimes to Benny, or Benji. Benjamin is also a patronymic surname. Like many biblical names, it is popular in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths alike, having many variant forms in other languages.

The "Benjamin of the family" is a phrase used in several languages to refer to the youngest son—especially when he is much younger than his brothers; sometimes the name is chosen for a son born to mature parents unlikely to have more children, especially if he has several older siblings. It is also applied in some languages to the runt of a litter of animals. Both of these usages derive from the biblical son of Jacob of that name, who occupied that position in his family.

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Notable people with the name Benjamin or its variant spellings include:

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Surname[edit]

Benjamin
Origin
MeaningSon of my right hand

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Variants[edit]

  • Arabic: البلسمينة (Binyamin)
  • Bengali: বেঞ্জামিন (Bēñjāmina)
  • Chinese: 本杰明 (Běnjiémíng)
  • Czech: Benjamín
  • Dutch: Benjamin
  • French: Benjamin
  • German: Benjamin
  • Greek: Βενιαμίν (Veniamín)
  • Hawaiian: Peni
  • Hebrew: בנימין (binyameen)
  • Hindi: बेंजामिन (benjaamin)
  • Hungarian: Benjámin
  • Icelandic: Benjamín
  • Irish: Benjamin
  • Italian: Beniamino
  • Latin: Benjamin
  • Japanese: ベンジャミン (Benjamin)
  • Korean: 벤자민 (benyamin)
  • Lithuanian: Benjaminas, Benas
  • Macedonian: Бенџамин (Bendžamin, Venijamin)
  • Norwegian: Benjamin
  • Portuguese: Benjamim
  • Romanian: Beniamin
  • Russian: Вениамин (Veniamin, Venyamin)
  • Slovak: Benjamín
  • Spanish: Benjamín
  • Swedish: Benjamin
  • Turkish: Bünyamin

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