Benny or Bennie is a given name or a shortened version of the given name
Benjamin Benjamin () was the last-born of Jacob's thirteen children (12 sons and one daughter), and the second and last son of Rachel in Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition. He was the progenitor of the Israelite Tribe of Benjamin. In the Hebrew Bible ...
or, less commonly, Benedict, Bennett, Bernice, Ebenezer or
Bernard Bernard (''Bernhard'') is a French and West Germanic masculine given name. The name is attested from at least the 9th century. West Germanic ''Bernhard'' is composed from the two elements ''bern'' "bear" and ''hard'' "brave, hardy". Its native Ol ...



Given name

* Bennie M. Bunn (1907–1943), American Marine officer, Navy Cross recipient *
Bennie Cunningham Bennie Lee Cunningham, Jr. (December 23, 1954 – April 23, 2018 Matt Connolly ''The State'', April 23, 2018 ) was an American football tight end. Cunningham was drafted out of the Clemson University in the 1976 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steel ...
(born 1954), American retired National Football League player *
Bennie Daniels Bennie Daniels Jr. (born June 17, 1932), is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates (–) and Washington Senators (–). During his playing days, Daniels stood , weighi ...
(born 1932), American former Major League Baseball pitcher * Bennie L. Davis (1928–2012), United States Air Force general and commander-in-chief of Strategic Air Command * Bennie Ellender (1925–2011), American college football player and head coach * Bennie Goods (born 1968), American retired Canadian Football League player * Bennie Green (1923–1977), American jazz trombonist and bandleader * Bennie Logan (born 1989), American National Football League player * Bennie Maupin (born 1940), American jazz musician * Bennie Muller (born 1948), Dutch former footballer * Bennie Purcell (born 1929), American college basketball and Washington Generals (Harlem Globetrotters) player and college tennis coach * Bennie Thompson (born 1948), American politician * Bennie Thompson (American football) (born 1963), American retired National Football League player * Bennie Wallace (born 1946), American post bop, swing music and jazz tenor saxophonist and composer


* Bob Bennie (footballer, born 1873) (1873–1945), Scottish footballer with St Mirren and Newcastle (uncle of two following) * Peter Bennie (1899–1981), Scottish footballer with Albion Rovers, Burnley, Bradford City * Bob Bennie (1900–1972), Scottish footballer with Third Lanark, Airdrieonians, Hearts


* Benny Andersson, Göran Bror ''Benny'' Andersson (born 1946), Swedish musician and member of the pop group ABBA * Benny Gay Christian (1925–1982), American politician * Benny Davis (1895–1979), vaudeville performer * Benny Davis, member of the musical comedy trio The Axis of Awesome * Benny Dayal (born 1984), a UAE- Indian playback singer for films * Benny Feilhaber (born 1985), Brazilian/American soccer player * Benny Friedman (singer) (born 1985), American Hasidic Jewish singer * Benny Gantz, Israeli Chief of the General Staff and politician * Benny Giay (born 1955), Indonesian Christian theologian, social anthropologist and human rights activist * Benny Goldberg (1918–2001), Polish-American boxer * Benny Hill (1924–1992), stage name of British comedian and actor Alfred Hawthorne Hill * Benny Johnson (American football) (1948–1988), American National Football League player * Benny Krueger (1899–1967), American jazz saxophonist * Benny Lindelauf (born 1964), Dutch writer * Benny Nielsen (swimmer) (born 1966), Danish butterfly swimmer *Benny Cederfeld de Simonsen (1865–1952), Danish peace activist *Benny Snell Jr. (born 1998), American football player *Benny Spellman (1931–2011), American R&B singer * Benny Urquidez (born 1952), American kickboxer and fight choreographer * Benny Yau (born 1980), Canadian actor and television presenter


* Bennie McRae (1939–2012), American National Football League player * Bennie Moten (1894–1935), American jazz pianist and bandleader * Bennie Oosterbaan (1906–1990), American college football, basketball and baseball player and head coach * Benny Bass (1904–1975), American Hall-of-Fame world champion featherweight and junior lightweight boxer * Benny Begin (born 1943), Israeli politician * Benny Friedman (1905–1982), American football quarterback, member of the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame * Benny Goodman (1909–1986), American jazz clarinetist and bandleader * Benny Leonard (1896–1947), American world champion Hall-of-Fame lightweight boxer born Benjamin Leiner * Benny Parsons (1941–2007), American NASCAR driver and color commentator


* Horacio Benedict Bennie Blades (born 1966), American retired National Football League player * Bernhard Bennie Borgmann (1900–1978), pioneering professional basketball player and head coach * Henry Bennett Bennie Tate (1901–1973), American Major League Baseball catcher * Marco Benny Benassi (born 1967), Italian DJ and producer of electro house music * Bennett Benny Carter (1907–2003), American jazz musician and bandleader * Bernard Benny Gallagher (born 1945), Scottish singer-songwriter and half of the duo Gallagher and Lyle * Jergen Benny Nielsen (footballer) (born 1951), Danish footballer

Fictional characters

* Benny the Bull, in the children's animated television series ''Dora the Explorer'' * Benny the Cab, who first appeared in ''Who Censored Roger Rabbit?'' * Benny Shaw, protagonist in two children's novels by Irish author Eoin Colfer * Bernice Summerfield, companion of the Seventh Doctor in the expanded ''Doctor Who'' universe * Benny, a blue 1980s style spaceman from The Lego Movie. *Benny, the secondary antagonist of Fallout: New Vegas

See also

* Beny (disambiguation) {{given name Masculine given names Hypocorisms