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Ben is frequently used as a shortened version of the given names Benjamin or Benedict, and is also a very common given name in its own right.

The Arabic "Bin" (بن) or "Ibn" (ابن) or "Ben" (dialectal Arabic) means "son of".

Ben (in Hebrew: בֶּן‎, Son of) forms part of surnames, e.g. Abraham ben Abraham (Hebrew: אברהם בן אברהם‎). Bar-, "son of" in Aramaic, is also seen, e.g. Simon bar Kokhba (Hebrew: שמעון בר כוכבא‎).

People with the given name

Fictional characters

  • Ben Harper, major character on comedy series My Family
  • Ben Kenobi, major character in the film saga, Star Wars
  • Ben Richards, main character of The Running Man
  • Ben Solo, major character in the Star Wars sequel trilogy
  • Ben Parker, the uncle of Peter Parker (Spider-Man) from Marvel Comics.
  • Ben, Bill's brother in The Railway Series and the spinoff TV series Thomas and Friends
  • Ben Skywalker, a major character in the Star Wars expanded universe
  • Ben Tennyson, protagonist of the Cartoon Network's Ben 10 media franchise
  • Ben Urich, investigative journalist for The Daily Bugle in the Marvel Universe
  • Ben Wyatt, character from Parks and Recreation
  • Ben, a rat in the eponymous movie, and theme song sung by Michael Jackson on his LP Ben.
  • Gentle Ben, a bear featured in an eponymous 1965 novel, and in television and movie adaptations.
  • Old Ben, a bear at the center of the William Faulkner story The Bear
  • Ben, or Benny, the "1980-something space guy" from The Lego Movie
  • Talking Ben, a protagonist of the Talking Tom and Friends media franchise
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