Of Hebrew origin.
From the name “Binyamin”, which according to sources means “son of the right” or “son of the south”.
In the Samaritan Pentateuch the name has the form of “Binyaamen” and translates into “son of my days”.
After the Protestant Reformation, in the 16th century, the name became quite common in England.
Benjamin is the twelfth son of Jacob, in the Old Testament. He also is the founder of one of the Hebrew tribes.
The name is used in many languages in the expression “he is the Benjamin of the family”, referring to the youngest son.
Alternative forms of the name are: Benjamim, Beniamin, Ben, Benas, Benj, Bennie, Benji, Veniamin, Benny.
Famous bearers are Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Guggenheim, Ben E King, Benjamin Bratt, Benjamin Millepied, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller, Ben Barnes, Ben McKenzie, Benjamín Rojas, Benjamin Salisbury, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benjamin Harrison.
Benjamin is a popular name in Chile, Canada, New Zealand, United States, Australia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark.
Benjamin Franklin, considered an American genius, was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Politician, scientist, inventor, civil activist, political theorist, diplomat, he was one of the greatest thinker of this time.