This is one of the most interesting surnames on record. Its origins are from the Hebrew "Eben", meaning "stone", and "ezer", help, and derives from the "stone of help" raised by Samuel to commemorate the defeat of the Philistines (Samuel 1 - V11.12). However, in Britain, the name is associated with the later Puritans and Dissenters and is not recorded as a surname until the 18th Century, when it seems that persons may have changed their surnames to "Ebenezer" as a sign of their faith (see below). The first recording in any form is that of Benazer Wilson: the son of a minister ejected from his living in Berkshire for holding "puritan" views, Benazer Wilson is recorded as born in 1668. Recordings of the surname include the very interesting family of Ebenezer Jones of Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, whose family were christened at Ynysgon Presbyterian Church, their surnames being recorded not as Jones, but as Ebenezer, commencing with Mary Ebenezer on January 29th 1792, and Sarah Ebenezer on January 4th 1794. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mary Ebenezer, which was dated March 24th 1774, marriage to James More, at St. Mathew's, Bethnal Green, London, during the reign of King George 111, known as "Farmer George", 1760 - 1820. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Ebenezer — Ebenezer, less commonly spelled Ebenezar, is a name of Hebrew origin. It is sometimes abbreviated as Eben. The name may refer to:Places*Eben Ezer a place mentioned as the site of two battles in the Books of Samuel in the Hebrew Bible *Ebenezer,… …   Wikipedia

  • Ebenezer — ist der Vorname folgender Personen: Ebenezer Ako Adjei (1916–2002), Politiker, Rechtsanwalt, Verleger und Journalist Ghanas Ebenezer Bryce (1830–1913), Namensgeber des Bryce Canyons Ebenezer Cook (* um 1667; † um 1732), englischer Dichter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ebenezer — m English: originally the name (meaning ‘stone of help’ in Hebrew) of a place mentioned in the Bible, where the Israelites were defeated by the Philistines (I Samuel 4:1). When they took their revenge Samuel set up a memorial stone with this same …   First names dictionary

  • Ebenezer —   [hebräisch »Stein der Hilfe«], Eben Ezer, biblischer Ortsname, genannt in den Philisterkämpfen (1. Samuel 4, 1; 5, 1; 7, 12); die Lage des Ortes Ebenezer am Westrand des Gebirges Efraim ist unbekannt.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Ebenēzer — Ebenēzer, 1) (a. Geogr.), Ort in Palästina; von Samuel nach einem Siege über die Philister, in welchem er die Bundeslade wieder gewann, so benannt; 2) (n. Geogr.), Station der Rheinischen Missionäre mit 200 Ew. im District Clan William im… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ebenēzer [1] — Ebenēzer (»Stein der Hilfe«), Ort in Palästina, unweit Mizpa in Judäa, wo Samuel ein Denkmal an seinen Sieg über die Philister setzte (1. Sam. 7, 12) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ebenēzer [2] — Ebenēzer, 1) Hauptstation der Rheinischen Mission in der Grafschaft Clanwilliam der britisch südafrikan. Kapkolonie, nahe der Mündung des Olifant in den Atlantischen Ozean, mit (1891) 289 Einw. Die Station wurde 1832 angelegt, hat aber unter… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ebenezer — Ebenēzer (hebr., »Stein der Hilfe«), Ort in Palästina, wo Israel von den Philistern geschlagen wurde. Später setzte dort Samuel einen Denkstein für den durch sein Gebet erlangten Sieg der Israeliten (1 Sam. 4,1; 7,12) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ebenezer — male proper name, sometimes also the name of a Protestant chapel or meeting house, from name of a stone raised by Samuel to commemorate a victory over the Philistines at Mizpeh (I Sam. vii.12), from Heb. ebhen ezar stone of help, from ebhen stone …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ebenezer — [eb΄ə nē′zər] n. [Heb even haezer, lit., stone of the help: see 1 Sam. 7:12] a masculine name …   English World dictionary

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