Benedict may not be as popular as his cousins Ben and Benjamin, but this aspect may be a plus if you prefer unconventional names. The name, which means “blessed,” has Latin origins. Historically, Benedict of Nursia was a Saint. He led a monastic life, founding the Benedictine Monastery.
The most famous namesake is Benedict Cumberbatch, the English actor of TV’s “Sherlock Holmes.” If you can get past the link to the notorious traitor Benedict Arnold, this is a fine name for a baby boy.