Bennett Name Meaning

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Bennett is a historically masculine name of English origin. It’s thought to be derived from the Latin name Benedictus which means “blessed.” In some regions, Bennet is more commonly used as a surname than as a first name.

  • Origin: The name Bennett is of English origins 
  • Gender: Bennett has historically been predominantly used as a boy’s name
  • Pronunciation: Behn-it

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Bennett? 

The name Bennett is more popular in the United States as a surname than as a first name. According to 2020 data from the Social Security Administration, Bennett is the 101st most popular name for boys. Its popularity across Europe in the medieval ages and today can be traced back to the influence of Saint Benedict, an Italian Catholic monk who founded the Benedictine Order. Over the last two decades, Bennett has experienced a sudden surge in popularity. In the year 2000, only 542 babies were named Bennett in the United States. Twenty years later in 2020, 3,582 babies were given the name Bennett.

Name Variations 

Although it’s an English name, the name Bennett has several variations in other languages and cultures. Some of the most common include: 

  • Bendiks (Latvian)
  • Bendt (Danish)
  • Benedek (Hungarian)
  • Benedictus (Dutch, Roman)
  • Benedikt (Czech, Russian) 
  • Benediktas (Lithuanian)
  • Benedito (Portuguese)
  • Benedykt (Polish)
  • Benesh (Yiddish)
  • Bengt (Swedish)
  • Benito (Spanish) 
  • Benoît (French)
  • Bettino (Italian)

Similar Names

Here are some similar names you could also consider: 

  • Beckett
  • Benjamin 
  • Carter 
  • Emerson 
  • Graham 
  • Grant 
  • Greyson 
  • Griffin 
  • Henrik
  • Jennings 
  • Kent
  • Oliver
  • Owen 

Common Nicknames

These are a couple of fun and breezy nicknames you could give a baby named Bennett. Some of them include: 

  • Ben 
  • Bennie 
  • Benny 
  • En

Suggested Sibling Names 

If you have a baby named Bennett or are thinking of naming your baby Bennett, here’s a list of names that would be a perfect fit for siblings of your little baby Bennett: 

  • Amelia
  • Anna
  • Asher
  • Ava
  • Avery
  • Bernadine
  • Carter
  • Charlotte 
  • Clara
  • Ethan 
  • Everett
  • Graham 
  • Hudson
  • Luke 
  • Madison 
  • Parker 
  • William 

Famous People Named Bennett    

If you’ve decided to name your baby Bennett, here are some famous people that would be sharing the name with your baby: 

  • Bennett (Benny) Carter, American jazz saxophonist, and composer 
  • Bennett Cerf, American publisher and co-founder of the publishing firm, Random House 
  • Bennett (Ben) Cohen, American businessman and co-founder of ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s 
  • Bennett Foddy, Australian-American video game designer 
  • Bennett Jackson, an American football player for the New York Jets 
  • Bennett Joseph Savage, American actor 
  • Bennett Miller, American film director 
  • Bennet Omalu, Nigerian-American physician and pathologist 

More Baby Names

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