Ethel Name Meaning & Origin

Ethel

Pronunciation: EH-thəl (key)

Origin of the name Ethel:

Originally a short form of any of the various Old English compound names containing the element aethel (noble), Ethel is now an independent name in its own right.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Famous real-life people named Ethel

Ethel Barrymore, American Academy-winning stage and screen actress.
Ethel Merman, American musical theatre actress and singer.
Ethel Roosevelt Derby, daughter of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
Ethel Kennedy, wife of Bobby Kennedy
Ethel Mary Cooper (b. 2012), daughter of English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter Lily Allen

Ethel in song, story & screen

Ethel Mertz, character on "I Love Lucy"
"Don't look, Ethel!" in Ray Stevens' song The Streak

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