The name Benjamin is of Hebrew origin and means "Son Of My Right Hand." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Nicknames for the name Benjamin include Ben, Benny and Benjie.
One of the most famous Benjamins is Benjamin Franklin, statesman and one of the founding fathers of the United States. Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States. Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel and Benjamin Disraeli was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1800s. There was even a Pope Benjamin in the 14th century. Ben Affleck is a popular American actor. Benjamin Agosto and Benjamin Okolski are figure skaters.
Fictional characters named Ben include Ben and Gentle Ben, a rat and a bear in movies by the same name. Human characters include Benjamin Linus from the TV show Lost, Obiwan "Ben" Kenobi from the Star Wars movie series, and Benjamin Stone from TV's Law & Order.
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