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Gender: Male Meaning of Eben: "stone of help" Origin of Eben: Hebrew, diminutive of Ebenezer

The name Eben is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "stone of help". Eben and is often added to lists like Best Boy Names Starting with Vowels and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Though most parents would shy away from Ebenezer, short form Eben is affable and creative and perfectly able to stand alone; nothing Scroogish about it. This also makes a fresh new spin on the very popular Ethan or Evan.

Eben Oleson is the name of the character played by Josh Hartnett in the movie "30 Days of Night."

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Famous People Named Eben

Eben Moglen, Software Freedom pioneer, historian, and Columbia Law professor
Eben Etzebeth, South African rugby player
Eben Alexander, neurosurgeon and author of Proof of Heaven
Eben Britton, American football player
Eben Franckewitz, contestant on season 11 of American Idol
Eben Horsford (19c.), inventor of baking powder
Eben Ezra Roberts, American architect

Pop Culture References for the name Eben

Eben Stanhope, Alison's married brother in the 1930 play "Alison's House"
In ufology, EBE or EBEN = Extraterrestrial Biological Entity
Eben Ramsey, character in the book and film "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

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Eben Cole Says:


My Name is Eben

Margot23 Says:


Reminds me of that Sublime song

EW314 Says:


Love Eben! A bazillion times more wearable than Ebenezer. I think it could definitely catch on.

Cara Jane Says:


I know someone called Eben, and he pronounces it like Ben with an E (as in the sound in Edward) before it. And the emphasis is on the E not the ben. I guess it depends where you're from.

EW314 Says:


I would actually really like Ebenezer, if it weren't completely and irrevocably unusable because of Scrooge. Eben is a nice, modern-sounding compromise.

Chiyo Marley Says:


Eben is a lovely name. There is something pure about it. The 'E' being soft, like (e) Evan but not hard like (ee) Ethan, which are also beautiful names. Oddly it has been playing in my mind which is how I found this page online.

headintheclouds Says:


To me, it sounds like a nasally Evan, like you have a cold while calling out for Evan :/

lesliemarion Says:


Affable and creative, another perfect nameberry description. I'd name a son Eben and call him Benji at home.

Gr19 Says:


Is this pronounced like Eden with a b or like Evan with a b?