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There Must Be More Baby Names Like This One!

Today, I came across the name Benton. I really like it because it's unique, but it still has familiar sounds: It has the nickname "Ben" and the trendy "-n" ending all rolled into one! It got me wondering: Are there any other names like Benton out there?

–Been Thinking 'Bout Benton

I love this question because there are so many ways to look at it. And no matter how you define "names like Benton," there are plenty of choices that fit the bill. Benton's brother could be a new invention like Daxton, an old surname like Wickham, or a new take on a chart-topper, like Jules or Harris.

First, there are the "Ben" names. This group covers the very popular and trending (Benjamin, Bentley, Bennett), but also includes more unusual choices such as Benedict, Benno, Benson, and Benoit.

Then there are the alternate-nickname names, for when you like the nickname, but want a lesser-known full name. This is a group that includes Benton for Ben, but also picks such as Samson or Seamus for Sam, Wilson or Wiley for Will, and Colton or Nicholas for Cole.

Benton is also a surname name, one that—thanks to "Ben" again!—has a masculine feel, unlike many surname names that skew unisex or female. Other entries in this category include Brockman, Clarkson, Judson, Richmond, and Whitman.

Finally, as you mentioned, Benton has the "-n" ending so familiar among boys' names today. Mason, Ethan, Benjamin, Logan, Aiden, Jayden, and Jackson are all in the top 20 most popular names for baby boys in the U.S. And along with those familiar favorites, "just add N" names are rising. Benton fits right in with those inventive names, like Brycen (Bryce + N), Colton (Cole + ton), and Graden (Grady + N).

So to answer your question, there sure are names like Benton out there—and they come from lots of different places on the style map!

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April 11, 2016 12:57 PM
By Jenny (not verified)

Brixton is similar, though the nickname "Brix" is more unusual. Ditto for Branton.

April 11, 2016 10:37 PM
By Miranda (not verified)

Obviously, this submitter isn't Canadian. Otherwise, they'd know all about Constable Benton Fraser, RCMP (played by Paul Gross), in the very popular Canadian TV series "Due South" (1994-98). The show still has a very devoted fan base, even 20+ years on.

Anyway, Cpl. Fraser called himself "Benton" 99% of the time, but every once in a while he'd call himself Ben. His best friend always called him Benny. Most other people just called him Fraser, or "Frase".

Cst. Fraser is what most Canadians - and not a few Americans - think of when they think of stereotypical Canadian police officers, both in fiction and in real life. He's just that iconic!

April 14, 2016 8:57 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I like Breyson, Brighton, and Boston :)

May 30, 2016 6:49 AM
By Ceetine (not verified)

I love Benton! I think Benton, nn Ben is great, sounds like a name, a bit different (in a good way) & stands apart from the Benjamins. Go for it!

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