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Origin and popularity of the name BENEDICT


Benedict : English German and Dutch: from the personal name Benedict from Latin Benedictus ‘blessed’. This owed its popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly to Saint Benedict of Norcia (c. 480–550) who founded the Benedictine order of monks at Monte Cassino and wrote a monastic rule that formed a model for all subsequent rules. No doubt the meaning of the Latin word also contributed to its popularity as a personal name especially in Romance countries. Occasionally the English surname may derive from Latin benedicite ‘bless (you)’ perhaps given as a nickname to an habitual user of the expression. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed the German variant Benedikt and many cognates from other languages e.g. Hungarian Benedek Slovenian Benedik (see Benedick) and also their patronymics and other derivatives e.g. Italian Benedetti.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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