Ethan Name Meaning & Origin

Ethan

Pronunciation: EE-thən (key)

Origin of the name Ethan:

An Ecclesiastic Late Latin name derived from the Hebrew ēthān (strength, firmness, long-lived). The name is borne in the Bible by a very wise man whom Solomon surpassed in wisdom. Var: Ethen.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Eitan, Etan

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Comments and insights on the name Ethan: | Edit

The name Ethan is #1 on the top 100 list of cool baby boy names in the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz.

Ethan has the same letters as Thane.

Personal experiences with the name Ethan: | Edit

Our oldest son is Ethan Kyle. He is our first son out of four. We have used all Biblical names for our children. Ethan is way popular now, but when we named him Ethan-it was in the 80s of the top 100 names.

I had a crush on a boy in my class named Ethan in kindergarten

My brother's name is Ethan James. My dad liked Ethan because it was historical.

-My son was named Ethan in 1993 - right before it exploded in popularity. People had only heard of the furniture store, Ethan Allen, before this. My MIL lamented that she could find nothing personalized with the name. I chose it because it meant "firm" in Hebrew and I wanted a strong child. I certainly got what I asked for. He is strong physically and mentally. He is self-motivated, funny, compassionate, and introspective. There are many more Ethans today than there were in 1993. I am glad that I chose his name based upon it's meaning and not because of how it sounds.

My son's name is Ethan. He was born in 1996 - before the name became so popular. I chose the name because of the meaning and because I liked the way it sounded. I wanted an uncommon name for my son, so I dislike that it has become so popular. However, it is still a great name!

My sons name is Ethan. In 2009 when he was born my parents had never even heard of the name, I waited til he was born to tell them and they were somewhat shocked and told me they liked Evan, my son is no Evan. It has a special meaning to us for several reasons,. I took the E from my father in laws first name who has passed on (Edward), also he has 2 great grandfather's with rather odd names that start with ETH, my love first started for the name from a soap I use to watch with a good looking guy named Ethan in the show and his son they called little Ethan, which we call him little E or Ee. I personally don't know anyone by that name and rarely hear it around where we live. Also its has a special meaning to us from the bible, yes its in the bible. The name is a strong name and I had it picked out for years before my son was born, and my husband and oldest son named Ryan both loved it as soon as I mentioned it. My Ethan has a strong name that suits him well and has special meaning and I feel is was meant to be his name. Also I know it will always be a household common name that's too used. Most people, when I tell them his name or they see it either don't know how to pronounce it or spell it (my brother being one of those people). He is finally after 5 years spelling it right or he must ask his wife.:-) That being said I think a name should be special for various reasons and don't worry about what other people say or think.

Some family friends named their baby son Ethan Alexander. His older sister is three; her name is Lucy. I think Ethan and Lucy go very well together as sibling names.

I've known a guy named Ethan since we were young. He's always been kind of a really annoying person. He used to tease me all the time and call me names, but I remember one day in al the years I've known him, he was actually a really nice person and he was super kind to me. He was the first out of the three Ethans I have met.

I know a kid in school named Ethan from when we were in a play together. He was a great guy and we got along really well.

I know a guy named Ethan who is pretty much the most amazing person I've ever met. He's sweet, funny, and kind to everyone, and he's also an amazing runner who aspires to go to the Olympics.

Nicknames for Ethan: | Edit

Ethie, E.T., Wheat Thin, Fin, E, E-man, Tin-Tin, Mr. E., Ethe, Eth, e'e, Pumpkin Eater

Meanings and history of the name Ethan: | Edit

Ethan means "strength" in Hebrew. The name appears in the Old Testament as the name of a wise elder. Jewish tradition (Midrash) also says Ethan (Eitan in Hebrew) is another name or nickname for Abraham.

There was a Civil War battle ship, a chain of furniture stores, and an American submarine all named after the revolutionary leader Ethan Allen.

Famous real-life people named Ethan: | Edit

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
Ethan Wayne - actor and son of John Wayne

Ethan in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, in the "Mission Impossible" movies

Ethan Frome, played by Liam Neeson, in the 1993 film "Ethan Frome", adapted from the novel by Edith Wharton

Ethan Rom, played by William Mapother, in the TV show "LOST"

Ethan Ward, played by Dustin Milligan, from the TV show "90210"

Ethan Craft, played by Clayton Snyder, on the Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire"

Ethan Weston, played by Luke Rossi, on the 1990's TV series "thirtysomething"

Ethan Edwards, played by John Wayne, in the 1956 John Ford movie "The Searchers"

Ethan Mars, video game character from "Heavy Rain"

Ethan Wate, character in novel and film "Beautiful Creatures"

Ethan Burke, main character in the mini-series "Wayward Pines", and in the book trilogy of the same name.

Ethan Morgan, main character of TV show "My Babysitter's A Vampire"

Ethan Carter, video game character in "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter" (2014)

Ethan Dulles ("Cool Ethan"), played by Jason Schwartzman in the film "Slackers" (2002)

Ethan Chandler, played by actor Josh Hartnett on the TV series "Penny Dreadful" (2014-2016)

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