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He is a nephew to Montague and a cousin and friend to Romeo. His name means well-wisher, which reflects to some degree Benvolio's role in the play as a loyal friend and a peace-maker.
Benvolio - His name suggests "benevolence."
desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filledwith benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
English History . a forced contribution to the sovereign.
Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, he makes a genuine effort to defuse violent scenes in public places, though Mercutio accuses him of having a nasty temper in private. He spends most of the play trying to help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline, even after Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet.