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Gender: Male Meaning of Ethan: "strong, firm" Origin of Ethan: Hebrew Ethan's Popularity in 2017: #14

The name Ethan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "strong, firm". Ethan is ranked #14 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".

From the experts:

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. 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 highly popular name in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Famous People Named Ethan

Ethan, grandson of Judah (1 Chr. 2:6)
Ethan, son of Kushaiah (1 Chr. 15:17)
Ethan the Ezrahite, Biblical psalmist (Ps. 89)
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 Josh Lee, American actor
Ethan Anthony Couch, American so-called "affluenza teen"
Ethan Edward Minogue Smith, son of singer Dannii Minogue
Ethan Joshua Maher, brother of singer/actress Kaitlyn Maher
Ethan Davison (b. 1996), son of actors Bruce Davison and Lisa Pelikan
Ethan Ford, son of chef Benjamin Ford; grandson of actor Harrison Ford
Ethan Anka, son of singer Paul Anka
Ethan Page Furlong (b. 2006), son of American actor and musician Edward Furlong
Ethan Suplee, American actor
Ethan Grant Dolan , social media influencer
Ethan (b. 2016), son of American actor and singer-songwriter Cheyenne Jackson
Ethan Carter III (b. 1983), American wrestler
Ethan Klein, Youtuber on H3H3 productions; runs H3 Podcast

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 Chandler (Talbot), character on TV's "Penny Dreadful"
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, wolf on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Ethan Moore, character in the "Vampire Academy" series by Richelle Mead
Ethan Diaz, character on TV's "Stuck in the Middle"
Ethan Edwards, character in "The Searchers"
Ethan, protagonist in Pokemon Heart Gold & Soul Silver video games
Ethan Winters, protagonist in the video game "Resident Evil 7"
Ethan Miller, character in the 2015 film "The Night Before"
Ethan Weston, character on TV's "thirtysomething"

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

Ethan's International Variations

Aitan, Eitan, Etan (Hebrew)