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Boy Name: Benedict

Name: Benedict
Pronunciation: \b(e)-nedi-ct, ben(e)-dict\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: blessed
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Baruch
Variant forms: Ben, Bendick, Bendict, Benedetto, Benedick, Benedicto, Benedictos, Benedictus, Benedikt, Benedikte, Bengt, Benicio, Benito, Bennedict, Bennedikt, Bennet, Bennett, Bennie, Bennito, Bennt, Benoit, Bent, Venedictos
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 1124
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2062

Description

Benedict \b(e)-nedi-ct, ben(e)-dict\ as a boy's name is pronounced BEN-a-dikt. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Benedict is "blessed". From Church Latin Benedictus. A name used by 16 popes and the saint who founded the Christian monastic order, the Benedictines, whose rule of the great monastery at Monte Cassino in Italy is simple, restrained, and practical. Shakespeare's Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" is a self-assured, witty bachelor. Benedict is used mainly by Roman Catholics; Bennett is the more common form. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini; actor Benicio del Toro.

Benedict has 23 variant forms: Ben, Bendick, Bendict, Benedetto, Benedick, Benedicto, Benedictos, Benedictus, Benedikt, Benedikte, Bengt, Benicio, Benito, Bennedict, Bennedikt, Bennet, Bennett, Bennie, Bennito, Bennt, Benoit, Bent and Venedictos.

For more information, see also the related name Baruch.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Benedict.

Popularity

Benedict is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1124 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2062 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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