The meaning of the name “Ethan” is: “Firm, strong, impetuous”.
Additional information: The boy name Ethan has a Hebrew origin, meaning ‘firmness, long-lived, strong’. It is a biblical name mentioned eight times in the Bible, one of which from an obscure figure, Ethan the Ezrahite, a very wise man whom Solomon surpassed wisdom. It was also the name of a musician in the Bible who played bronze cymbals, and authored Psalm 89. Other biblical masculine names are Joshua, Nathaniel, and Noah. Common nicknames for Ethan are Eethie and Eeth, and an unusual, rare feminine form of Ethan is ‘Ethana’, with ‘Eden’ being more conventional and sounding similar. The name is sometimes misspelled as ‘Eathan’.
This name can also be spelled as Ethen, Ethyn, Eitan, or Eytan. Eitan and Eytan are typically Hebrew variants of Ethan, and ‘Aithan’ is the biblical Greek spelling.
The name Ethan enjoyed sporadic popularity at the start of the twentieth century, but it wasn’t until 1989 that its popularity as a boys name really increased. It ranked as 4th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, and 19th in the UK. It was the second most popular name for boys in 2009 and 2010, 4th for 2012 and fell slightly to 6th in 2014. Ethan is also in the top 20 names for boys in Great Britain, sitting at 14th most popular name in 2013, Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, and New Zealand.
In American folklore, Ethan Allen, the American revolutionary and leader of the Green Mountain Boys, was famously gruff and serious. However, an urban legend exists where he volunteered to have his tooth pulled first by a dentist in order to calm down the dentist’s patient – he told the patient that he hadn’t felt a thing, when he was actually in a lot of pain.
Aside from Ethan Allen, other famous people with the name Ethan are Ethan Hawke (American actor), Ethan Peck (American actor), and Ethan Bortnick (American pianist). Fictional characters named Ethan include Ethan Hunt from the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Frome from the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, and Ethan Nakamura from Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
Pronunciation: (EE than) Form of:Eitan Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Ethan Coen, American filmmaker; brother of Joel Coen
Ethan Erickson, American actor
Ethan Hawke, American actor
Ethan Peck, American actor; grandson of Gregory Peck
Ethan Allen, American patriot.
Considering Ethan as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Ethan for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Ethan is a boy name.
The name Ethan is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Ethan we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Ethan Name Meaning
The meaning of Ethan is “Firm, strong, impetuous”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Ethan and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Ethan and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Ethan is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Ethan
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Ethan displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Ethan Boy Name Popularity Chart
Ethan Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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