Mystery Monday: Ebled

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Ebled

  1. Ioanna

    There is the possibility that it is a variant of the more known family name Ebling. However, it is not mentioned as one of the spelling variations listed here:

    Ebled is contained within the French-language surnames Gastebled and Wattebled, so perhaps it is a shortened version of them? Bled in French (caveat: I don’t speak French, so have to rely on online translation) can mean boondocks, hole, small village, fortress or walled town, or “one-horse” place. Basically, I get the sense that “bled” means a small, isolated, and rather bleak location.

    Gast has no meaning in French as far as I can tell, but I know German and French have many linguistic connections, and in German, Gast means visitor and guest. So Gastebled may mean a “traveller/visitor to a place in the middle of nowhere”, or something along those lines.

    If this meaning is correct, then it also related to the surname Wattebled. Watt in German can mean mud flat, which is “a mud-covered, gently sloping tract of land, alternately covered and left bare by tidal waters.” or “the muddy, nearly level bed of a dry lake”. Therefore, Wattebled could mean something like “mudland in the middle of nowhere”.

    So as a male given name, Ebled may be a land name, similar to the English boy’s name Marsh.

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