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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 "{boys} love/like/lose: alt. version".

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)


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!