Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Benton

Benton is the transferred use of an English surname derived from a place name. The villages in England so-called Benton were originally recorded as “Bentune” from the Olde English “beonet” (bent grass) and “tūn” (settlement, town). The surname did not appear in writing until the mid 16th century and was originally rendered as “Benntine”. The Benton surname would have been assigned to a person who hailed from one of these "Bentune" towns but relocated someplace else. Their place of birth would provide a unique identifier for the purposes of taxation. As a forename, Benton dates back to at least the 19th century in the United States. Surnames as first names are quite trendy today in the U.S. especially, but they were not uncommon 100+ years ago when children (mostly boys) were given family names of importance (such as a mother’s maiden name).

All About the Baby Name – Benton

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME BENTON

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME BENTON

Benton can be added to the list if other “Benny”-like surnames currently on the U.S. Top 1000 such as Bentley, Benson and Bennett. As a forename, Benton actually dates back to 1880 (the first year for which we have available data). For the first half of the 20th century, Benton was used lightly and sparingly before disappearing off the American radar completely at the end of the 1960s. In fact, the name just resurfaced after a 40+ year hiatus from usage. Benton’s return to the charts is no doubt due to the surname craze. Parents are constantly looking for new options. Ben is an obvious nickname.

Quick Facts

ON BENTON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

916

PRONUNCIATION:

BEN-tәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Bent grass settlement

Characteristics

OF BENTON

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Benton

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BENTON

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Benton

Popular Songs

ON BENTON

Benton Harbor Blues
a song by The Fiery Furnaces

Famous People

NAMED BENTON

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Children of Famous People

NAMED BENTON

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BENTON

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Benton