Would you like to save names or email names
to a friend?
Sign up here.


Meaning and Origin of: Benjamin boy

| Share

First name origin & meaning:

Hebrew: Son of my right hand

First name variations: Benji, Benjie, Bennie, Benny, Ben, Benjy, Benyamin

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Jewish, English, French, and Hungarian (Benjámin): from the Hebrew male personal name Binyamin ‘Son of the South’. In the Book of Genesis, it is treated as meaning ‘Son of the Right Hand’. The two senses are connected, since in Hebrew the south is thought of as the right-hand side of a person who is facing east. Benjamin was the youngest and favorite son of Jacob and supposed progenitor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 35:16–18; 42:4). It is rare as an English and French surname; the personal name was not common among Gentiles in the Middle Ages, but its use was sanctioned by virtue of having been borne by a saint martyred in Persia in about ad 424. In some cases in medieval Europe it was also applied as a byname or nickname to the youngest (and beloved) son of a large family; this is the sense of modern French benjamin.
  2. John Benjamin (1598–1645) came from England to Watertown, MA, in 1632.

Famous people who gave their babies this name: Carly Simon, James Taylor, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, Mark Knopfler, John Travolta, Vivienne Westwood, Kelly Preston, Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady

Comments for Benjamin


Creative Art Ideas for Every Age
Creating art as a child has endless developmental benefits! We've partnered with Shutterfly to bring you imaginative art projects to keep your Monet learning at every age and stage.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

7 Tips for Managing School-Related Anxiety
Is your child feeling intense school-related stress and anxiety? Learn the signs of anxiety disorders and get tips for managing academic stress.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Find out what is happening in each day of your pregnancy!

My due date:

Pregnancy Day By Day

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest