English and Scottish, feminine diminutive suffix of Henry
"estate ruler"

Etta Origin and Meaning

The name Etta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "estate ruler".
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 Placefriend of Wild West outlaws Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
  • Etta Jones Daly (b. 2012)daughter of Carson Daly
  • Etta Moten BarnettAmerican actress and opera singer
  • Etta JonesAmerican jazz singer
  • Etta Palm d'AeldersDutch feminist
  • Etta MayAmerican comedienne
  • Etta ScolloItalian singer,songwriter
  • Etta BakerAmerican blues guitarist and singer
  • Etta ConeAmerican art patron and socialite

Etta in Pop Culture

  • Henrietta "Etta" Bishopcharacter on TV's "Fringe"
  • Etta Heinecharacter in book/movie "Snow Falling on Cedars"
  • Etta Candycharacter in Wonder Woman comics
  • Etta Bowencharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • "Etta" Henrietta Spencermain character of novel Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Etta Césaireone of the characters in the French cartoon, Miraculous Ladybug; younger sister of Alya Césaire and twin of Ella Césaire