September 16, 2014 § 1 Comment
Spanish feminine version of “Benito”, a variation of “Benedict”, meaning “blessed”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Benedetta, Benedicta, Bénédicte, Benedikta, Benedita, Bengta, Benoite, Bente, Bettina, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Benita Odam (called “Nita“), the Italian nursemaid John Ridd meets in an innyard, who is stranded in Exmoor by the Doone’s attack on her employer’s coach, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).