How popular is the baby name Benjen in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Benjen.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Benjen


Posts that Mention the Name Benjen

Top Debuts, Baby Boy Names, 2017

Asahd was the top debut name on the boys’ side of the list in 2017.

The boy names that debuted most impressively last year were…

1. Asahd, 58 baby boys
2. Kashdon, 30
3. Kassian, 22
4. Draxler / Ikeni / Noctis, 17 each (3-way tie)
5. Dakston, 13

In order for a rare baby name to make the cut and appear in the SSA’s baby name data for the first time, it has to be given to at least 5 babies (of either one gender or the other) within a given year.

The other names that debuted with ten-or-more baby boys in 2017 were Amunra, Arjunreddy, Irtaza, Ledgen, Gurbaaz, Caspen, Meliodas, Sreyan, Tewodros, and Yeziel.

Debuts lower down on the list include: Aarushreddy, Imronbek, Benjen, Kadafi, Killiam, Agambir, Almighty, Bamlak, Kuiper, Munther, Owsley, Slayer, Tolkien, Tuguldur, Vandawt, Zage, Zealous, Aoto, Bender, Bodhisattva, Cerulean, Go.

If you know what the explanations are for any of them, please leave a comment!

Here are the top boy name debuts of 2016.

[Note: I’ll be updating this post throughout the day.]

Character Names from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in a few days. The TV series is based on the epic fantasy books of George R. R. Martin.

(No, he’s didn’t steal those middle initials from fellow epic fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien; his full name is George Raymond Richard Martin.)

I’m mentioning the show here because the story features some exotic character names:

Arya
Bran
Catelyn
Cersei
Daenerys
Eddard
Joffrey
Jorah
Khal Drogo*
Petyr
Sansa
Sandor
Theon
Tyrion
Viserys

If it does well, who knows…we may start hearing about babies named Cersei and Daenerys.

Have you ever read the books? If so, what did you think?

*Apparently Khal Drogo’s name translates to “King Drogo” — Khal is the title, Drogo is the name. Thanks, commenters!

Update, May 15, 2012: The top names of 2011 recently came out. Looks like these three names may have been influenced by Game of Thrones:

  • Arya, from 273 baby girls in 2010 to 386 baby girls in 2011.
  • Khaleesi, from never-listed to a debut (!) of 27 baby girls.
  • Tyrion, from 11 baby boys to 18 baby boys.

Update, May 2013: The top names of 2012 recently came out, and in these rankings we see…

Update, May 2014: The top names of 2013 just came out, and this set includes at least two more:

  • Sansa, from never-listed to a debut of 11 baby girls.
  • Beric, from never-listed to a debut of 5 baby boys.

Update, May 2015: In the 2014 rankings, the name Jorah, which had appeared in the data as a girl name before, debuted as a boy name. The name Tywin also debuted.

Update, May 2016: The top names of 2015, just released, include the debut name Oberyn.

Update, May 2017: The top names of 2016 recently came out, and these latest rankings indicate that Lyanna has seen a sizeable rise in usage. Debuts include Ellaria and Bronn.

Update, May 2018: The top names of 2017 just came out. This batch includes:

Update, May 2019: The top names of 2018 just came out. The SSA noted in its press release that name Yara rose from 986th place (2017) to 672nd (2018). Also, the name Khal finally debuted — seven years behind Khaleesi. So did Rhaegar, Aegon, and Myrcella.

Update, September 2020: The top names of 2019 came out late this year (due to Covid), but in this set I noticed three more GoT-inspired entries: Rhaella, Margaery, and Dracarys — the third of which isn’t even a character name, it’s a word that means “dragonfire” in High Valyrian. Daenerys uses the word dracarys to order her dragon to breathe fire.

Update, May 2020: The debut names of 2020 include Tormund, inspired by Tormund Giantsbane.

Popular and Unique Names in Petoskey, Michigan

Of the 629 births (321 boys and 308 girls) announced in the Petoskey News-Review during 2007, these were the ten most popular baby names for each gender:

Boy Names

  1. Caden/Caiden/Kaden/Kadyn/Kayden
  2. Zachary/Zachery
  3. Jacob & Logan [tie]
  4. Aiden/Aidan, Alexander, Cameron/Camron/Camryn, Jack & Owen [5-way tie]
  5. Hayden

Girl Names

  1. Emma, Isabella/Isabel, Olivia & Sarah/Sara [4-way tie]
  2. Abigail/Abbiegail/Abbigail, Ava, Grace, Hannah/Hanna, Lauren/Lauryn & MacKenzie/Makenzie/McKenzee/McKenzie [6-way tie]

Some of the unique baby names bestowed in Petoskey last year were Benjen (boy), Sakura (girl), Shrinil (boy), Tikibiinhs* (girl) and Truett (boy).

*The mother claims Tikibiinhs is an Ottawa name meaning “little spring.” I haven’t been able to verify this.