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Benjamin Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bean, Babin, Benham, Beckman, Belman, Jasmin, Benac, Bingaman

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Benjamin Family Origin

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Benjamin Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Benjamin occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Benjamin's were Farmers. Farmer, Bricklayer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Benjamin. A less common occupation for the Benjamin family was Coal Miner.

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  • Tailor

  • Coal Miner


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Benjamin Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Benjamin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Benjamin. For the veterans among your Benjamin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Benjamin Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Benjamin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Benjamin in 1940 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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