Boy Names baby nameEthan

What does the name Ethan mean?

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.