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Benji is a beloved baby name for boys. Common as a nickname for centuries, Benji emerged as a given name during the cultural shifts of the 1970s. Benji Dunn is the name of a character in the Mission Impossible franchise, and Benji was also the titular protagonist of the Benji series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Benji:

Hebrew: Son of my right hand

Origin of the name Benji:

Benji is a short form of the name Benjamin. This name is a transcription of the Hebrew phrase בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamin) and means “son of my right hand.” The first portion of the name is the Old Hebrew word בֵּן (ben) and means “son.” Likewise, the second portion is the Hebrew term יָמִין (yamin) and means “south” or “right hand.”

Symbolism of the name Benji:

Benji is a diminutive of Benjamin (meaning “son of my right hand”). According to the Old Testament, Benjamin was the son of Jacob and Rachel as well as the younger brother of Joseph. The symbol of Benjamin was the wolf (Genesis 49:27).

Style of the name Benji:

Biblical, Classic

Gender of the name Benji:

Benji is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Benji:


Number of syllables in the name Benji:


Emotion evoked from the name Benji:

The name Benji evokes feelings of benevolence and brotherly love.

Alternative spellings for the name Benji:

  • Benjy
  • Benjie
  • Benjee
  • Benjey

Nicknames for the name Benji:

  • Ben 
  • Benj
  • Benz
  • Bennie
  • Benny

Popularity of the name Benji:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Benji was the 1,855th most popular baby name for boys in 2021.

Related names for the name Benji:

Great middle names for Benji and their meanings:

  • Ace (highest rank)
  • Arie (lion of God)
  • Beaumont (beautiful mountain)
  • Cameron (bent river, crooked nose)
  • Dmitri (follower of Demeter)
  • Everett (strong, hardy, brave as a wild boar)
  • Kendall (valley on the River Kent)
  • Koda (friend, companion, ally)
  • Martin (masculine, warlike, devoted to Mars)
  • Nixon (son of Nicholas, victory of the people)
  • Paschal (born on Easter, born during Passover)
  • Theodore (gift of God)

Famous people with the name Benji:

  • Benji Aflalo (comedian)
  • Benji Compton (motorcycle speedway rider)
  • Benji Levi Madden (musician)
  • Benji Russell Radach (mixed martial artist)
  • Benji Nathanial Ungar (fencer)
  • Benji Oldai Villalobos (footballer)
  • Benji Webbe (singer)
  • Benji Whelan (football manager)

Benji in popular culture:

  • Benji (titular protagonist of the Benji series)
  • Benji (stage name of singer Le Quang Huy)
  • Benji the Binman (nickname of tabloid reporter Benjamin Pell)
  • Benji Dunn (character in the Mission Impossible franchise)
  • Benji Healy (character in the American Gothic series)
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