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Benjamin Name Meaning

Jewish (Sephardic and Ashkenazic) English French West Indian (mainly Haiti) and African (mainly Nigeria and Tanzania); Hungarian (Benjámin): from the Hebrew male personal name Binyāmīn ‘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 316-18; 44). 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 Christian saint martyred in Persia in about AD 42 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. In North America this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean Benyamin and Italian Beniamino.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Benjamin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Benjamin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Benjamin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 775 Benjamin families living in London. This was about 39% of all the recorded Benjamin's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Benjamin families in 1891.
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What did your Benjamin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Benjamin. 8% of Benjamin men worked as a Farmer and 68% of Benjamin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Benjamin were Builders Labourer and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farmer
  • General Labourer
  • Tailor
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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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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