Ways to Get to Ben

Hello everybody! I've been doing a series on nicknames recently and so far I've covered ways to get to Ellie, Theo, and Liv. Today I'm covering another pretty popular nickname for boys: Ben. Ben names have been popular for so long that it's bound to be a family name for a lot of people. One good way to honor a Ben in your life is to use another Ben name. For instance, Reuben or Bennett could be used to honor an Uncle Benjamin, even if none of them have ever gone by Ben. Though Ben as a nickname does have kind of a sweet simplicity and I can certainly see its appeal.

 Let's talk about all the names that you can get the nickname Ben from!

"son of"
Ranked #723 in 2014

I was surprised to find that Ben is in the top 1000 on its own but appearently it's been used on its own for generations and was even in the top 100 in the earlier part of last century. Nicknames like Theo and Cole work well on their own, but in my opinion, Ben works best as nickname for a longer name. However, other people obviously feel differently.

"son of my right hand"
Ranked #12 in 2014

Benjamin is definitely the most common way to get to Ben and has been a perennial favorite in the United States. Right now, Benjamin has risen to #12 (the most popular its ever been) and it's poised to join the ranks of the top 10 very soon. Benjamin's appeal is evident, though: biblical, classic, great meaning, familiar nickname. Benjamin has everything going for it!

Ranked #166 in 2014

Bennett is a delightful Ben name with a great meaning with a lot of potential! Bennett also fits into the trend of names with the t ending that includes Elliot and Everett. If you're looking for a Ben name that's still really familiar but not quite as popular as Benjamin, Bennett would be a great choice. Plus, blessed is a fantastic meaning.

"son of the Lord"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Benaiah is a really awesome, underused biblical name. Not only is it a cool name with a familiar nickname, Benaiah has a fantastic namesake.  The Benaiah in the Bible is an amazing guy! Go check out his story! Benaiah is a great way to use a name that's off the beaten path and still have a nickname that's short and easy to understand.

"behold, a son"
Ranked #848 in 2014

Reuben is another great biblical name that you could get the nickname Ben from. Reuben is the spelling found in the Bible but the Ruben is much more popular (#357).  Reuben is a great biblical name that in my opinion is definitely being under used right now (and I would recommend the biblical spelling).

Those are some of my favorite Ben options but there are some more good ones out there! Check out the "long list" and maybe you'll discover one you hadn't thought of!













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