I was going to say [name]Benvolio[/name] was cool too, but it then reminds me of Cornholio from [name]Beavis[/name] and Butthead. Sorry [name]Shakespeare[/name]! I also like [name]Benton[/name].
And to reiterate someone on the last page, is there a real point? [name]Do[/name] you dislike the name [name]Benjamin[/name] or do you really think there are too many of them already? If you want to call him [name]Ben[/name], I think [name]Benjamin[/name] is more common but not too popular that you have to think of something original or unique. If there are other Bens, with your [name]Ben[/name], is it important to top the other “ordinary Benjamins” by coming up with something different so he’s not got the same formal name as any of the others? In what way is this completely different than people who create new spellings so their [name]Ashley[/name] is Aashalyeigh to set them apart?
I’m all for variations of names or different names with the same or similar possible nicknames, just confused why it’s done as a matter of intent. If [name]Benjamin[/name] is in fact not your favorite, then I could understand. There’s something else about possibly settling for a second best name just to avoid popularity and a good name, that I as a child would not understand the issue.