Ben is a short form of the forename Benjamin or Benedict. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)
|Short form||Long form||Informal or written||Other short forms||Remarks|
|Ben||Benjamin or Benedict||Informal, and written||Benjy|| |
Benedict may be better written as Bent - a medieval form was Ben(n)et(t).
- Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
In Scotland, a Ben is also a mountain, from the Gaelic beann or beinn. It is a title placed before the particular name, as in Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain and Ben Lomond, near Loch Lomond