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OTHER FORMS: Benedikt
Meaning & History
Of Latin origin. Due to an early association as a saint's name and a papal name, often said to mean "blessed." Originally the Latin elements are 'bene-' meaning "good" or as an adverb "well" plus '-dict,' meaning "spoken." Thus, the literal meaning is "well spoken."
Benedict is borne as both a given name and a surname. In the American mind, especially, this name is often associated with the Revolutionary War general Benedict Arnold
, who gained notoriety for his thwarted plan to surrender West Point, New York to British forces.