from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the Bible, the younger son of Jacob and Rachel and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
  • Benjamin, Asher 1773-1845. American architect particularly noted for his books, such as The American Builder's Companion (1806), which popularized late colonial and Greek Revival designs throughout New England.
  • Benjamin, Judah Philip 1811-1884. British-born American politician who served as Confederate secretary of war (1861-1862) and secretary of state (1862-1865).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name of biblical origin.
  • proper n. The youngest of the sons of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible.
  • n. A US$100 bill, which bears a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Often used in the plural form to indicate large sums of money.


Hebrew binyāmîn, son of the south : bēn, son; see bn in Semitic roots + yāmîn, south; see ymn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek Βενιαμίν (Beniamin), from Old Testament Hebrew בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamín). (Wiktionary)


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