The name is believed to be a contraction of any Germanic name which begis with the bern (bear) element.
The name was popularized by a 12th-century German saint, Benno of Meissen. He is revered as the patron saint of anglers, weavers and oddest of all, alliteration.
Currently, Benno is the 215th most popular male name in Germany, (2011)/
Other forms of the name include:
- Beno (Czech/Hungarian/Slovak)
- Benno (German/Romansch)
- Bennone (Italian)