Boy name origins & meanings
- Hebrew : Ben's son
Family name origins & meanings
- English : patronymic from the medieval personal name Benne, a pet form of Benedict (see Benn).
- English : habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic) : patronymic composed of a pet form of the personal name Beniamin (see Bien, Benjamin) + German Sohn ‘son’.
- Scandinavian : altered form of such names as Bengtsson, Bendtsen, patronymics from Bengt, Bendt, etc., Scandinavian forms of Benedict.