Monday, April 4, 2016

"B" is for Benjamin

What does the name Benjamin mean?  That name is actually very popular.  I personally love the name as it is my first born's name.

There are alternative spellings which include Benjamen and Benjamim.  Many common nicknames for Benjamin include Ben, Benny and Benji.  Growing up many called my son Ben. I preferred Benjamin, as that was the name I gave him.  Never would I have nick-named him "Benny" as that reminded me of "Benny Hill", and I was not a fan. Benjie reminded me of the dog! lol.  One of his favorite books was Peter Rabbit.  When he realized Peter's friend's name was Benjamin Bunny he thought he was all so cool.

Benjamin is a name with Hebrew origins.  The meaning of Benjamin is Son of my Right Hand.

Biblical Benjamin
Benjamin was Jacob's last son.  Mother Rachel died after giving birth.  With her last breath she named him Benoni (son of my sorrow), however, Jacob named him Benjamin, (son of my right hand).  Benjamin had ten sons.  Benjamin was blessed by his father to be fruitful.  He was just that, by the 2nd census he could care for 45,600 troops "Numbers 26:41" with Abidon as its prince.  The first allotted land went to the Tribe of Benjamin.  The assigned territory lay just above the tribes of Judah.

Map showing The Tribe of Benjamin


Government Benjamins

One of the most famous Benjamins, Benjamin Franklin, was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States; he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison. Before ascending to the presidency, Harrison established himself as a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Benjamin Netanyahu was born on October 21, 1949, in Tel Aviv, Israel and grew up in Jerusalem. He spent most of his teen years living in the Philadelphia area, where his father, noted Jewish historian Benzion Netanyahu, worked as a professor. In 1967, he returned to Israel to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces' elite unit, "Sayeret Matkal," and took part in a number of military operations, including the dramatic 1972 rescue of a hijacked Sabena passenger jet. Codenamed "Operation Isotope," the rescue was led by future Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak

Famous Movie/TV Benjamins

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi. Affleck gained fame when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. He then starred in high-profile films including Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes and The Sum of All Fears.  Affleck portrays Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad

Benjamin George Bratt is an American actor. He is best known for his role as NYPD Detective Rey Curtis on the NBC drama series Law & Order, for which he was nominated for the 1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He has appeared in the films Demolition Man, Blood In Blood Out, Traffic, PiƱero, Miss Congeniality, Catwoman, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, La Mission, The Lesser Blessed, and Despicable Me 2.

Fictional Benjamins
(Does this bring back any memories?)

Gentle Ben is a bear character created by author Walt Morey and first introduced in a 1965 children's novel, Gentle Ben. The original novel told the story of the friendship between a large male bear named Ben and a boy named Mark. The story provided the basis for the 1967 film Gentle Giant, the popular late 1960s U.S. television series Gentle Ben, a 1980s animated cartoon and two early 2000s made-for-TV movies.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, played by Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor. In the original trilogy, he is a mentor to the protagonist Luke Skywalker to whom he teaches the ways of the Jedi. In the prequel trilogy, he is a master and friend to Anakin Skywalker. In the sequel trilogy, he appears to Rey as a voice in a dream-like-flashback in Maz Kanata's castle. He is frequently featured various other Star Wars media.

My Favorite of all Benjamins:

Benjamin Mikeal, one of my Hero's.  Born March 1988.  He began his career as a child.  Growing up in Minnesota going to school, playing sports, football & hockey (his favorite).  He joined the 101st Airborne 327th Infantry.  He met his wife, Ashley (another one of my Hero's) she served in the Navy

Now serving as a police officer in the State of MN, a father of two of the most amazing granddaughter's Addison Grace and Evelyn Rose.  I am very proud of my son.  I love how he loves his family. I know I am not his biggest fan, I know that I am his first.  He stole my heart before he was even born.  

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