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Benedict or Benjamin?

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Tapster · 12/02/2008 12:06

Wondering which one I prefer - definitely will be Ben if its a boy but I prefer Dominic but DH hates it so Ben is all we can agree on.

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chipkid · 12/02/2008 12:08

like them both-benedict is a little more exotic

SauerKraut · 12/02/2008 12:09

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Jodyray · 12/02/2008 12:10

Dominic is more unusual than Ben, put your foot down!!! And if Ben is all you can agree on why not just have it as Ben if its gonna be shortened anyway? Which does DH prefer of the 2?

Flibbertyjibbet · 12/02/2008 12:11

Hmm I went to convent school and there were lots of jokes about nuns and priests called Benedict/Benedictus.
as in 'Benny dicked us'.

Sorry! But you have to consider the child's school days when considering names!

Benjamin I like.

DumbledoresGirl · 12/02/2008 12:11

When I was a teenager, I had a fantasy of having 6 children and two of their names were going to be Dominic and Benedict. Also, a good friend at primary school was called Benedict and a dear friend's son is Benedict.

So definitely, on all counts, Benedict. It means blessed if that helps you decide!

ConnieDescending · 12/02/2008 12:12


benedict is a bit poncey

don't like Dominic

SauerKraut · 12/02/2008 12:12

Yes, my brother got Bendy Dick! He could take it with a laugh though. Now he gets Ben.

pirategirl · 12/02/2008 12:12

Just Ben, is what i would choose. I am not keen on the other long versions.

SnappyLaGore · 12/02/2008 12:14

i like both... was on my shortlist too.

i liked benedict coz it was a bit diffrent from the more common benjamin (and i dont do common arf)... but it does make me think of benedictine monks... which is a bit um, religious/odd for me.

not much help am i?

DumbledoresGirl · 12/02/2008 12:14

If he is called Benjamin, he will be nicknamed Bunny.

All names can be messed with, but if he is a Benedict, he will have the strength of character to resist the taunts!

MamaG · 12/02/2008 12:14

I like both

yorkshirepudding · 12/02/2008 12:15

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LadyOfWaffle · 12/02/2008 12:15

We had a benedict at school and the teasing never let up! Bene DICK t was said alot, and just general sniggering because it sounds quite holy, but then that might have just been the wallys at our school.

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark · 12/02/2008 12:16

I like Benjamin, agree that some people might think Benedict is a bit poncey.

Think just Ben on its own is lovely. No reason why you couldn't just call him that.

Dominic always reminds me of those 'big bad dom' adverts

LadyOfWaffle · 12/02/2008 12:16

PMSL @ Benny Dicked Us though!

CantSleepWontSleep · 12/02/2008 12:17


I prefer Dominic, but both that and Benedict are on our possibles list.

MaeWest · 12/02/2008 12:18

oooh, DS's name never comes up (he is a Dominic - Dom for short), I also liked Benedict but DH was not convinced.

luvaduck · 12/02/2008 12:18

good solid name..all the bens i know are nice solid guys too

kindersurprise · 12/02/2008 12:20

I prefer Benedict, sounds more grown up. If he is going to be called Ben as a child, then it gives him a more mature sounding name for later.

I like Dominic too.

loler · 12/02/2008 12:20

I know a Reuben that gets shortened to Ben. That's a bit more unusual than Benjamin but has less ability for school teasing than Benedict.

My dog when I was growing up was called Benedict - what a posh dog we had!

OliviaMumsnet · 12/02/2008 12:21

I like the fact that Benedict means "blessed one"

belgo · 12/02/2008 12:22

I like both.

duchesse · 12/02/2008 12:28

I know two Benedicts- one is my son. Both of them are teenaged and go by "Ben" only, although mine is "Bene" (unfortuantely to rhyme with Benny) at home.

Wilkie · 12/02/2008 12:30

Benedict - Benjamin could end up shortened to Benji which reminds me of a dog!

NorthernLurker · 12/02/2008 12:33

Benedict every time - it was our boys name for what turned out to be dd3

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