This surname of EBERSOLE was a Swiss and German name meaning 'one who came from EBERSOL' (wild boar slough) in Switzerland. The name is also spelt EBERSOLED. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. During the Reformation, Switzerland was not affected by the religious strife that devastated most of Europe; cities such as Geneva were in the middle of the Reformation and John Calvin became prominent as a Protestant reformer, founding Protestantism. Many people of Swiss origin emigrated from there to seek their fortune in other parts of the world. In the United States they particularly populated the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and California. Jacob L. EBERSOLE was a general farmer and highly respected citizen of Conoy township, Lancaster County, Pa. He was born on the 3rd May, 1866. The paternal grandparents of Jacob were the Rev. Peter and Mary EBERSOLE, the former being a bishop in the Mennonite Church for many years. He died in 1870 at the age of eighty. Jacob married Miss Sadie U. Ober in Manheim in September, 1888, and had eight children. Both he and his wife belonged to the Mennonite Church, and in politics he was a Republican. The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work.
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