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date: 18 February 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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  • Current frequencies: GB 189, Ireland 0

  • GB frequency 1881: 24

  • Main GB location 1881: Cardigans

Welsh: relationship name from the personal name Ebenezer , which is of Biblical origin.

Further information

In the Bible (I Samuel 4:1, 7:12) it is the name of a place, meaning ‘stone of help’ in Hebrew, where the Israelites were defeated by the Philistines but subsequently achieved vengeance. In the 17th century it was adopted for some reason as a personal name among Nonconformists in Wales, whence its use as a surname.

Early bearers

Eleanor Ebenezer, 1728 in IGI (Lampeter, Cardigans); Daniel Ebenezer, 1786 in IGI (Llangeitho, Cardigans).

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Ebenezer, 1881 frequency.

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