Benjamin Last Name Popularity, Meaning and Origin

In this article we'll look at the origin and meaning of the surname Benjamin and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Benjamin.

Benjamin, like all of the names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Benjamin surname is from the 2010 census data.

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Where Does Benjamin Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Benjamin is ranked #850 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Benjamin surname appeared 40,590 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 13.76 would have the surname Benjamin.

We can also compare 2010 data for Benjamin to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 850 868 -2.10%
Count 40,590 36,439 10.78%
Proportion per 100k 13.76 13.51 1.83%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Benjamin

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Benjamin.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Benjamin was:

  • 49.04%, or 19,905 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 41.58%, or 16,877 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 2.49%, or 1,011 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.90%, or 365 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 2.61%, or 1,059 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 3.38%, or 1,372 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Benjamin has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 49.04% 53.29% -8.31%
Black 41.58% 39.24% 5.79%
Asian and Pacific Islander 2.49% 1.82% 31.09%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.90% 0.94% -4.35%
Two or More Races 2.61% 2.37% 9.64%
Hispanic 3.38% 2.35% 35.95%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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