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Gender: Female Meaning of Etta: "estate ruler" Origin of Etta: English and Scottish, feminine diminutive suffix of Henry

The name Etta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "estate ruler". Etta and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Etta, once a short form of Henrietta, has long been used on its own, and we wonder if it could follow the progression of Emma to Ella to...Etta.

Etta has taken the first step, having recently been picked by a celeb, Carson Daly, said to have been inspired by the late great soul singer Etta James, just as previous parents were similarly influenced by Ella Fitzgerald. Etta was born as a shortening of names with that ending —in fact Etta James's birth certificate name was Jamesetta.

Etta was a Top 100 name in the last decades of the 1800's, then slid down until it fell off the list completely in 1966. But with its delicate sound that also has a bit of crackle, and its new starbaby status, we can see this as a likely successor to the currently favored 'E'-names. Henrietta "Etta" Bishop was a character on the TV show Fringe.

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Famous People Named Etta

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins), American singer
Etta Place, friend of Wild West outlaws Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
Etta Jones Daly (b. 2012), daughter of Carson Daly
Etta Moten Barnett, American actress and opera singer
Etta Jones, American jazz singer
Etta Palm d'Aelders, Dutch feminist
Etta May, American comedienne
Etta Scollo, Italian singer-songwriter
Etta Baker, American blues guitarist and singer
Etta Cone, American art patron and socialite

Pop Culture References for the name Etta

Henrietta "Etta" Bishop, character on TV's "Fringe"
Etta Heine, character in book/movie "Snow Falling on Cedars"
Etta Candy, character in Wonder Woman comics
Etta Bowen, character on TV's "American Gothic"
"Etta" Henrietta Spencer, main character of novel Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Etta Césaire, one of the characters in the French cartoon, Miraculous Ladybug; younger sister of Alya Césaire and twin of Ella Césaire

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