When Nathaniel Benedict Jr was born on 26 March 1744, in Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Nathaniel Benedict, was 29 and his mother, Mary Lockwood, was 25. He married Anah Raymond on 6 January 1768, in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 24 February 1833, in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States.
English, German, and Dutch: from the personal name Benedict, from Latin Benedictus ‘blessed’. This owed its popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly to Saint Benedict of Norcia (c. 480–550), who founded the Benedictine order of monks at Monte Cassino and wrote a monastic rule that formed a model for all subsequent rules. No doubt the meaning of the Latin word also contributed to its popularity as a personal name, especially in Romance countries. Occasionally the English surname may derive from Latin benedicite ‘bless (you)’, perhaps given as a nickname to an habitual user of the expression. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed the German variant Benedikt and many cognates from other languages, e.g. Hungarian Benedek , Slovenian Benedik (see Benedick ), and also their patronymics and other derivatives, e.g. Italian Benedetti .