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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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lemonstartree · 13/02/2008 19:04

Benedict every time (like DS1) and HE likes the fact that its means 'blessed'

NAB3wishesfor2008 · 13/02/2008 19:05

Thank you thank you thank you.

I have been trying to remember the name of my first crush and it was Benedict!!

Great name too.

Blu · 13/02/2008 19:11

My brother is called Benjamin and has never been called bunny! Or Benjy. Is sometimes called benjamin, sometimes ben. You can actually influence these things, you know! I am never ever called by the most common diminutive of my name.

alfiesbabe · 13/02/2008 19:39

Benedict. Beautiful name, beautiful meaning.

PrincessPeaHead · 13/02/2008 19:42


I also know a boy called Benn if that is of interest

PrincessPeaHead · 13/02/2008 19:42

(ie not shortened, that is his name)

berolina · 13/02/2008 19:45

Both are lovely, but I prefer Benedict. We considered it for ds2.

We also have friends whose ds is simply Ben. No middle name either. Can't help feeling such a short name is a little sad somehow...

Cinderffingrella · 13/02/2008 21:02


Smithy · 13/02/2008 21:05

DS2 is Benjamin, which has been shortened to Ben. Sometimes call him Benny too. Love the name (but then I'm biased!)

3andnomore · 15/02/2008 23:16

just call your chiod Ben then...if that is what you like...tis not like it's a weird name or anything...

gigglewitch · 15/02/2008 23:20

sorry - saying it now, you'll see why. but Benedict makes me think of eggs. Then Monks in brown dress-thingys

Love the name Benjamin. wanted it for one of our dses but we can't have anything beginning with 'B' as it makes our surname rude

nooka · 15/02/2008 23:42

My name isn't a saint's name and I was christened a Catholic no problem. It is derived from a biblical name, but via a few changes (french version, female, derivative etc). Definately no saint's involved! If you want to check out potential saints you can look here:

Why not go for:
Benignus or Benno or even Benito if you would like other Ben vaiants (no I'm kidding, but either Benjamin or Benedict are very nice)

Bendi · 16/02/2008 00:00

Tapster, my Ben is & always will be 'just' Ben, except when his Godfather calls him 'Benafon'(love it - it means nothing & means everything), for some reason known only to him. Calls to mind mountains, burbling streams and all round good blokeness,with a little bit of a strong silent type. Ain't it amazing the qualities you can imbue a 3 year old with! Lord only knows how he'll turn out, but ours will always be 'just' Ben.

Enjoy, whatever you & DP decide. Just remember, always ignore the MIL, who will decree Benemonck Maximillian or Bendreena Chartres!

Well, mine did, & i refuse to believe I was so bad in that past life....

nellieloula · 16/02/2008 12:10

Benedict! I'm married to one and it has always worked for him - just that bit different without it being too much. people always smile and comment positively. Beautiful name.

Sunshinemummy · 16/02/2008 12:18

I prefer Benedict.

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