Son Of My Right Hand






Emily P. Contributor

Benji, a name that screams canine charisma! It's the moniker of Hollywood's most beloved mutt, a scruffy terrier mix who stole hearts in the 70s. The name Benji is of Hebrew origin, meaning "son of my right hand" or "son of the south." So, if you're a lefty or live up north, it's a fun, ironic choice. Plus, it's a great conversation starter at the dog park. "Why'd you name him Benji?" "Well, I'm a southpaw from Alaska..." So, if you're after a name with cinematic charm and a dash of humor, Benji is a paw-some choice!

Traits associated with the name Benji:

Dogs named Benji tend to be loving, good-natured, and industrious. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Benji?

It suggests that you have a fondness for classic films and/or nostalgia. Benji is a beloved character from a series of films that began in the 1970s.

Is Benji a good dog name?

Benji has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Benji is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Benji is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Benji outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Benji was, in the past month, the 8th most viewed dog name on

As of June 2024, Benji is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Benji was viewed 0 times, and liked 6 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Benji's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Benji is most adored in Maine, Ohio and California.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Delaware, Utah and South Dakota.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Benji.

Most popular breeds named Benji:

  1. Poodle
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Maltese
  4. German Shepherd
  5. Lhasa Apso

Famous dogs named Benji:

  • film icon A dog named Benji played a role in the movie Benji.

Benji is found in these categories:

british dog names

Popular nickname for Benjamin, a common male name in Britain.

famous dog names

Starred in multiple films and TV shows, capturing hearts worldwide.

cute dog names

Evokes a beloved, scruffy canine movie star, stirring feelings of adoration.

movie dog names

Hollywood canine star inspired this popular pet moniker.

old fashioned dog names

Popularized in the 70s, this canine moniker now evokes nostalgic charm.

Dog names like Benji:

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Son Of My Right Hand
Benji dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (5)

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Anto <3 (Cordoba, Argentina)
I have a dog named Benji, since I was very little I always wanted a dog with the name Benji and I never knew what its meaning was, now I understand why I love him so much ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿป
April 30, 2024 โ—† Translated

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>:) (California, United States)
February 26, 2023

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Musiq Emmons (Alabama, United States)
My fiancรฉ and I got a blue nose pitbull. We agreed on Benji for the name and we love it!!
September 15, 2022

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benji (Lima, Peru)
he is my puppy I love him very much he is a shih tzu we found him on the street and we adopted him it was my best day in the whole world my mom chose that name, my family chose one but we gave him a choice and he chose benji I love the name that's why is my partner loveoooooooooooooooooooo
August 15, 2022 โ—† Translated

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Melo (Havana, Cuba)
I loved
March 22, 2022 โ—† Translated

Let us know what you think of Benji as a dog name!