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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Bennett

Bennett is a modern unisex name that originated from Latin roots. The name first appeared as a variant of the name Benedict which was originally derived from the Latin word ‘benedictus,’ meaning “blessed” or “well spoken.”

The name Benedict rose up to popularity in medieval Europe, thanks to the 6th-century monk and founder of the Benedictine order, Saint Benedict of Nursia. In the Middle Ages, it spread throughout Europe, and in the 11th century, it was introduced to English-speaking countries by Norman Conquest.

In the 18th century, the name was shortened to Benet or Bennett, and then Bennett became a well-loved surname. It is now used as a first name as well as a surname. Although it is a unisex name, it is more commonly found in boys, but it is not that uncommon in girls, either.

The popularity of the name across the world resulted in several variants of it in different cultures and languages. Benoit is a variant commonly used in France, Benedikt in Germany, Benjamin is a Hebrew variant that means “son of the right hand,” and Benito is a Spanish and Italian variant. Similarly, Peni is a popular Hawaiian variant, Benedito is a Portuguese variant, Bendiks is Latvian, and Benedek is a Hungarian variant of this moniker.

The name has also been used by creators of some fictional characters in television series, movies, and books. These characters may have had an influence on the increasing popularity of the name. Bennett Halverson is a character from the television series “Dollhouse,” and the character Agent James Bennett features in the DC Animated Universe. Captain Bennett, played by Vernon Wells, is an important character in the 1985 movie “Commando.” Bennett has been featured as a character in the video games “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” and “Genshin Impact.”


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Famous People With The Name Bennett

  • Bennett CerfAmerican writer, founder of the publishing firm Random House
  • Bennett FoddyAustralian video game designer, known for Speed chess, a 16-player chess deathmatch
  • Bennett JacksonAmerican football player, drafted by New York Giants in 2014 NFL Draft
  • Bennett MillerAcademy Award-nominated American director known for the movies “Capote” and “Moneyball”
  • Bennet OmaluNigerian-American pathologist, first to discover findings on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Bennett Joseph SavageAmerican actor, main lead from ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World”

Bennett On The Popularity Chart

Looking at the data published by US Social Security Administration (SSA) can help us understand the performance of Bennett as a name.

Popularity Over Time

Bennett has been a popular name since the early 1900s, and it has seen consistent growth in popularity over time. It was at its highest peak of popularity in 2021, with 133 babies per million being given the name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The ranking of the name Bennett has constantly been improving over the last four decades, starting in the 1980s. Check out the graph below.

Source: Social Security Administration

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