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Eiben Coat of Arms / Eiben Family Crest

Eiben Coat of Arms / Eiben Family Crest

This Dutch and German surname of EIBEN was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of EIBERT' a contracted form of AGILBERT (sword, bright). The name is also spelt EIBE, EIBER and EIBLING. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. A notable American of the name was Harold H. EIBLING, born 5th August, 1905. He was an educational official, and his appointments included Assistant Superintendant of the Schools in Akron, Ohio, and in Columbus, Ohio. He was the co-author of 'Great Names in Our Country's Story', and he was awarded the Freedom Foundation Medal. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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