Meaning and Origin of the Name Bean

The boy’s name Bean while not very popular can also be used for a girl. Today however the name is a more common surname. While it has Celtic origins, it is derived from the name Beathan which is both Gaelic and Scottish.

It was also the occupational name for a grower of beans. It has been used as a nickname given to a person that is pleasant. The nickname Bean comes from the Middle English “bene” meaning friendly.

The meaning of Bean is fair skinned. It is said that People with this name value truth and justice and are quick to anger with those who do not. The person with this name has a practical nature and is good at managing money. They seem very cautious because of their focus on practicality.


Ranking in the 8,066th position of names shows that popularity of the name Bean is not very common at all. It is estimated that .001% or 33,300 of the world’s population have the name Bean. There is not enough data to give the number of times people were given the name per year.

Famous Beans

-Mr Bean – the comical television character played by Rowan Atkinson
-Alexander “Sawney” Bean was the leader of a Scottish clan

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