Gender: Male Meaning of Ethan: "strong, firm" Origin of Ethan: Hebrew Ethan's Popularity in 2019: #10

Ethan Origin and Meaning

The name Ethan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "strong, firm".

Ethan derives from the Hebrew name Eitan. There are several Ethans in the Old Testament, the most prominent of whom, Ethan the Ezrahite, is praised for his wisdom. International variations include Etan and Izan.

Ethan, which was given a big boost via the name of the Tom Cruise character in the Mission Impossible film series, is still popular but dipping a bit, after having hit a peak position at Number 3 in 2012.

Ethan is a name that succeeds in being at once classic and fashionable, serious and cheery, strong and sensitive.

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 highly popular name in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Rank in US: #10

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Famous People Named Ethan

Pop Culture References for the name Ethan

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

Ethan's International Variations

Aitan, Eitan, Etan (Hebrew)


BookSneakersMovie Says:


I really like this name. It’s so handsome, and I hate how popular it’s getting, although it does deserve this popularity.

Msmolly214 Says:


And 'Addie' is such a memorable name? I'm a little disappointed that it's not a bit more interesting.. just sayin

Msmolly214 Says:


I named my son Ethan Paul. I loved the name Ethan since I was a little girl, so when I found out I was having a baby boy, that was it... Lol. In 1999, it wasn't as common as it is now.. it was just beginning to be popular. No one in my family approved of my choice at all. However, now they have all changed their minds and couldn't imagine him with any other name. It suits him perfectly and goes with his personality.. sweet, compassionate, charming and clever.. Best name ever!

sin Says:


Yeah, okay "Addie"... Whatever you say.

Bella Mia Says:


I remembered the name as Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures.

Alaina Says:


Ethan is such a strong and handsome name for a little boy!

Don't bully others, you dummy Says:


God bless h3h3

Myanover Says:


Ethan is a awesome name it is a little common though!😀

LV51sfan91 Says:


Beautiful Biblical name!

Phibstar9 Says:


I don't know why I dislike this name?

kittylover777 Says:


Ethan James just sounds so CLASSY!!!

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FantasyandPrayer Says:


I love this name so much, I don't care how popular it is any more. I've always said if I have children in the future I don't want to give them common names, but Ethan just feels like the perfect name for a little boy. It feels timeless and classic, but not old fashioned like many other names with Hebrew origins (I love these names the most because I have a Hebrew name too) It's my favourite name right now, alongside Eleazar.

Hallie Says:


Its okay but I feel like Easton is a great alternative not nearly as popular but sounds very similar to Ethan

melanne Says:


This is my son's name. I knew it was popular when I named him. I think it is a classy and traditional. It will look great on a resume and the name suits him so well!

Leah3456 Says:


This is a handsome, classy name!

Addie88 Says:


I find this name forgettable, predictable, and unimaginative. It's one of those names where, if you meet a kid, and he tells you his name is Ethan, you think to yourself, "Oh...," disappointed it's not something a little more interesting.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I loved this name as a kid, and then hated it . Now I'm starting to like Ethan again, but wow! I didn't know it was number six! No wonder i hear it so much!