From the Benjamin of Christian Biblical tales to the famed statesman Benjamin Franklin, many great men have sported this ancient Hebrew name throughout the ages. And if your name is Benjamin, this includes you as well. Let’s take a look at the spiritual meaning of Benjamin and its origins.
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Origins of the Spiritual Name Benjamin
Benjamin is a central character of the Bible’s Old Testament, where in the Bible the name appears in two other characters as well. This makes Benjamin a solid Biblical Name which comes from the ancient Hebrew “Binyamin”, or “son of the south” (sometimes said as “son of the right” or “son of the right hand”).
Benjamin of the Old Testament was the 12th and last son of Jacob and Rachel, who died consequently as a result of giving birth to Benjamin. It is said that with Rachel’s last breath she named the child “Benoni”, or “son of my pain”, which was later changed to “Benjamin” by his father, Jacob.
In Hebrew, “Ben” (or “Bin) translates to son, while “yamin” means “right hand” or “right side”. Yamin is sometimes also used as a way to describe other body parts on the right side.
Benjamin has become a popular name in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other English speaking countries. However, it wasn’t always this way. Benjamin did not become a name that English speaking people used until the Protestant Revolution.
Spiritual Meaning of Benjamin
In Hebrew, the name Benjamin has positive connotations. The second half of the name “yamin” means “right side” and sometimes “south”. Both right and south in the Hebrew language have a positive meaning, as opposed to “north” or “left” which carries negative meaning.
Benjamin isn’t only known for killing his mother during birth, the name is considered to be strong and highly positive. “On the right” also means “son of strength”. Later in the Bible, the name Benjamin is associated with a tribe, the Tribe of Benjamin. Small but famous, the tribe which made up with one other consists of “The Jewish Nation”.
Numerology of the Name Benjamin
The Destiny number of the name Benjamin is 5. This means that you are an energetic creature, a healthy and highly activate individual. You may have a short temper, but it’s hard to stay mad at you for long because of your big heart.
“Adventurous, Energetic, Curious, Visionary, Magnetic, and Expansive”.
Benjamin can be broken down numerically like this:
B=2, E=5, N=5, J=1, A=1, M=4, I=9, N=5
When we add all of those numbers up we get 32. To further break Benjamin down numerically we would then add 3 with 2 which gives us 5.
This means that you are highly ambitious and goal-oriented. You tend to be narrowed in on your dreams and how to execute them, with preciseness. Benjamin’s mind is sharp, analytical, creative, and refused to budge. While all of these characteristics are positive and get you to where you need to go they sometimes can be expressed negatively and harm others.
It should be said Benjamin, that tolerance and patience are not your virtue. You seem to have the end in your mind and don’t have much understanding of people who may see it another way. Because your go-get-’em attitude is sometimes like a steamroller, it’s important to keep your aggressiveness in check, which can sometimes serve against you.
Benjamin also loves to travel and meet new people, but close relationships were never your thing. You value your freedom and expressing yourself to the fullest, even if at the expense of others. Chances are you do not work for a boss, rather are self-employed, a small business owner, or entrepreneur. This is because whenever you’re not able to express yourself fully – creatively or otherwise – or when you feel like you are being controlled in some fashion, this is when the aggressive side tends to come out the most.
Another way we can view the spiritual meaning of the name Benjamin is through a break down of each of the letters of the name.
- B= You are a visionary. You’re always looking towards the future with optimism and precision.
- E= You can be a bit moody and change in emotions in a split second.
- N= You have 20/20 foresight vision, seeing things miles away before they come into being.
- J= You have a severe case of stubbornness, which works in your favor aiding your ability to achieve goals.
- A= You have great analytical thinking abilities.
- M= You’re smart and driven. The chances of you being successful are high. Your profession is most likely geared towards business.
- I= Sometimes you can be a bit overly-sensitive. This leads you to get your feelings hurt often.
- N= You have a 20/20 foresight and can see things that are off in the future quite easily.
Benjamin in Modern Day
The name Benjamin continues to be strong and spiritual. It’s a highly popular name and is ranked among the top 100 names for boys, only moving up in the ranks with each year. In the United States, Benjamin is ranked as the 14th most popular boy’s name. It’s most commonly found in the variation of “Ben”.