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Gender: M Meaning of Ebenezer: "stone of help" Origin of Ebenezer: Hebrew

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Ebenezer is the name of a biblical place --the stone set up by Samuel to mark his victory over the Philistines--rather than a person. It was adopted by the British Puritans as a first name and then exported to America, where it had some early popularity, even entering the Top 1000 in the 1880s.

After appearing in Walter Scott's novel Waverly and Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, it made its most lasting impression as Dickens's miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, pretty much annihilating the name, but since Scrooge did reform at the end of A Christmas Carol, maybe there's some slight hope for the old name yet. The good news: the appealing short form Eben--so if you find Ebenezer too loaded and quirky for your taste, you might skip straight to the nickname.

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Famous People Named Ebenezer

Ebenezer R. Hoar, 30th U.S. Attorney General (1869-70)
Ebenezer Howard, British urban theorist/city planner
Ebenezer Huntington, American politician
Ebenezer Ekuban, American football player

Pop Culture References for the Name Ebenezer

Eben-Ezer, biblical location (its meaning ["stone of help"] made clear in I Samuel 7:12: "Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.")
Ebenezer Scrooge, main character in "A Christmas Carol"

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