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

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

From the experts:

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. If you have a sense of humor, you might consider it one of the darker Christmas baby names.

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"
Ebenezer Lucas, characher in "Sims" series

Ebbaneza, Ebeneezer, Eveneser, Eben, Ebenezar, Ebeneser, Eb, Evenezer


beachbear Says:


This was my name in utero... :)

abertawe Says:


Spoiler alert: Scrooge ends up being awesome :P

EW314 Says:


I don't think this is usable because of Scrooge, unfortunately. However, I think similar Eleazar or diminutive Eben are both great names and perfectly wearable.

Vespertinerose Says:


This is a family name that I recently discovered on my family tree. It warms up on you.