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Gender: M Meaning of Ethan: "strong, firm" Origin of Ethan: Hebrew Ethan's Popularity in 2015: #6

Ethan, which was given a big boost via the name of the Tom Cruise character in the Mission Impossible film series, is now the sixth most popular boys' name in the country, dropping down from having been in third place in 2012.

Ethan is a name that succeeds in being at once classic and fashionable, serious and cheery, strong and sensitive. There are several Ethans in the Old Testament, the most prominent of whom is praised for his wisdom.

His prime historic namesake is Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War hero; in literature the name is associated with Ethan Frome. A more current namesake is actor Ethan Hawke. Ethan is also a Top 15 name in England, Wales and Scotland.

Famous People Named Ethan

Ethan the Ezrahite, psalmist (Ps. 89)
Ethan Grant Dolan, YouTuber and Viner, along with his twin brother Grayson
Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War hero
Ethan Jesse Coen, American film director and screenwriter
Ethan Skip Erickson, American actor
Ethan Green Hawke, American actor
Ethan Gregory Peck, American actor; grandson of actor Gregory Peck
Ethan Zohn, American soccer player
Ethan Edward Minogue Smith, son of singer Dannii Minogue
Ethan Joshua Maher, brother of singer/actress Kaitlyn Maher
Ethan Ford, son of chef Benjamin Ford; grandson of actor Harrison Ford
Ethan Anka, son of singer Paul Anka
Ethan Anthony Couch, Texas teen prosecuted as a juvenile and convicted of four counts of intoxication manslaughter; avoided jail via "affluenza" defense
Ethan Klein, from the youtube channel "H3H3 Productions" and husband of Hila Klein
Ethan Josh Lee, American teen actor

Pop Culture References for the name Ethan

"Ethan Frome," novel by Edith Wharton
Ethan Hunt, main character in the "Mission: Impossible" series
Ethan Rom, character on TV's "Lost"
Ethan Karamakov, character on TV's "Dance Academy"
Ethan Wate, character in the "Beautiful Creatures" series
Ethan Kavanagh, character in the Fifty Shades of Grey series
Ethan Nakamura, character in the Percy Jackson series
Ethan Morgan, character in film "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Ethan, character in "The Here and Now" by Ann Brashares
Ethan, character in "The Adoration of Jenna Fox" by Mary E. Pearson
Ethan, main character in Pokemon Gold, Silver & Crystal video games
Ethan, wolf on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Ethan Bunch, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Ethan Allen, furniture chain
Ethan Moore, character in the "Vampire Academy" series by Richelle Mead
Ethan Diaz, character on TV's "Stuck in the Middle"

Eathan, Eathen, Eathon, Eethan, Ethawn, Ethen, Ethian, Ethon

Ethan's International Variations

Aitan, Eitan, Etan (Hebrew)