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Quick Facts on Benson

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 577
Simple meaning:
Son of Benedict

Characteristics of Benson

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Benson

Benson is another example of a last name turned given name. Benson originated as an Anglo-Saxon patronymic surname meaning “son of Benne” with Benne being a medieval short form of Benedictus. Benedictus is a Late Latin masculine name that means “blessed” so you could say that Benson means “son of the blessed one”. Benedictus became popularized in England in the later Middle Ages although its success in Europe predates this. The personal name Benedict owed much of its popularity to St. Benedict (c. 480-545) who founded the Benedictine order of monks in Italy and established The Rule of Saint Benedict (a model for all subsequent monasteries). Thanks to the renown of St. Benedict there have been 16 popes who have taken his name through the ages. Aside from Benson meaning “son of Benedict”, the surname may have also developed from a place name in England (Benson, Oxfordshire) formerly known by its Olde English name Bænesingtun meaning “Benesa’s settlement” with the personal name Benesa being of obscure origin but thought to be derivative of “Bana” meaning “slayer”. The first recorded spelling of this surname came in the form of Benneson in the early 14th century.

Popularity of the Name Benson

Benson has had a bunch of random and brief moments on the American masculine naming chart. The name appeared sporadically here and there between the late 1880s and today. Over the course of the past 130 years there have only been 13 different years when the name achieved Top 1000 status. The name has made another recent appearance in 2010 and this time we wouldn’t be surprised if he does better. Mostly because American parents are ga-ga over surnames as first names and Benson fits the bill. Other “son of” surnames that are much more popular than Benson are Jackson, Harrison, Jameson, Anderson, Dawson, Wilson and Jefferson for example. Although technically derived from “son of Benedict” Benson could also be considered a “son of Benjamin”. One caveat to consider, though: Benson is the name of a popular cigarette brand (Benson & Hedges).
Popularity of the Boy Name Benson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Benson

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Benson

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Benson

    Benson We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Benson.

  • Popular Songs on Benson

    Popular Songs on Benson

    Benson - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Benson.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Benson

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Benson

    Benson's Race (Marilyn Clements) - Benson is a Siberian husky, training hard for the Iditarod. But not everyone racing is as honest as Benson's trainer. While crossing a dangerous stretch, Benson will find Rosie, a red-furred husky dognapped by Zelda, the evil musher. Can Benson save her? And will rescuing her cost him the race? Addressing family, work ethics, responsibility, and tolerance of others, this touching, yet action-packed story teaches valuable lessons we all must learn. The characters come alive through magnificent illustrations. Benson's Race is recommended for fourth through sixth graders, but is wonderful for reading to younger children as well. About the Author: Marilyn Clements has always held a place in her heart for animals, and shares her Connecticut home with a Siberian husky named BeBe. A businesswoman and professional speaker, Marilyn works hard to find the magic that life holds, and never stops reaching for her dreams. Her latest, of course, is writing her next children's book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Benson

    Famous People Named Benson

    Famous People Named Benson - Benson Henderson (mixed martial artist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Benson

    Children of Famous People Named Benson

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Benson - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Benson.

  • Historic Figures

    Benson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Benson - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Benson.

Personality of the Boy Name Benson

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Benson

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