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Gender: Male Meaning of Jethro: "excellence" Origin of Jethro: Hebrew

The name Jethro is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "excellence". Jethro and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

From the experts:

Jethro, though the biblical father-in-law of Moses, has suffered for a long time from a Beverly Hillbilly image, but some really adventurous parents might consider updating and urbanizing it and transitioning it into the hip o-ending category.

The 60s rock group Jethro Tull was named for an eighteenth century British agricultural reformer and inventor.

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Famous People Named Jethro

Jethro, Biblical father of Zipporah; father-in-law of Moses
Jethro Exum Sumner, American Revolutionary War general
Jethro Ayers Hatch, U.S. Congressman from Indiana
Jethro Tull, English agriculturalist and inventor of the seed drill
Jethro Pugh, American NFL football player

Pop Culture References for the name Jethro

Jethro Bodine, character on TV's "Beverly Hillbillies"
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, character on TV's "NCIS"
Jethro Cane, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Jethro, character in G. A. Henty's "The Cat of Bubastes"
Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden, character on TV's "JAG"
Jethro Creighton, character in "Across Five Aprils" by Irene Hunt
Jethro West, character on New Zealand TV's "Outrageous Fortune"
Jethro, character in video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas"
Jethro Tull, British rock band

Jeth, Jett, Jethroe, Jetro


headintheclouds Says:


Probably due to the shared -o ending sounds and almost similar level of obscurity/popularity, I've always grouped Jethro together with Laszlo in my mind-- they'd be good brother names in my mind (I feel the same with Daphne and Phoebe for girls).

Jethro fits into the offbeat biblical name aesthetic, and I can see it becoming more hipster-popular alongside Amos, Moses, Boaz and others in this style category. I like the positive meaning of Jethro, and that it's more eccentric and unusual.

I don't quite fully like Jethro beyond the idea of it though, not because of its "hillbilly" image (I've never actually heard of Beverly Hillbillies), but because I'm not all that sold on the "eth" sound in the middle that sinks the name down to my ears. And in the randomest and most irrational of name associations, for some reason I can't un-hear Jethro's rhyming sound to death row and Heathrow (like the airport).

Samsonite Says:


This may be the ugliest name I've ever seen. The J, the "th," the "thro" ending--all add to an awful, hideous looking and sounding name.

scblovesnames Says:


I've seen Beverly Hillbillies, though I was raised by my Grandparents, however I truly liked the show but it's biblical meaning and strong masculine sound makes this a great middle name choice. Calvin Jethro. It's very unique and goes very well with our last name.

theresaelsmore Says:


This one's on my public baby name list, "Eccentric Classic Names". I love it!

angelmother2014 Says:


I also really love this name and hadn't seen of the show Beverly Hillbillies. I am strongly considering this name if this baby turns out to be a boy. I am just annoyed at my mom's boyfriend saying he will be calling him Jethro Bodine after the character on the show. If I chose this name, I told him he better not. He will piss me off and I'm sure my son wouldn't like his "grandpa" making fun of him. I don't think Jethro sounds hillbilly, if anything it sounds more rocker than hillbilly and Jethro Tull comes to mind when I hear the name. I was also surprised that its a biblical name as well. My first son who was stillborn, I named Elijah. If this baby is a boy, I'm thinking Jethro Eli S****. Jet for short. Most people in my generation and my kids generation have never seen (or will likely never see) the Beverly Hillbillies.

Zelliew Says:


The meaning surprised me......Excellence

lizway Says:


a name reserved for leroy jethro gibbs.

SoyMom Says:


We named our son Jethro. We live 20 minutes from NYC and had never heard of the name. My husaband found the name Jethro in the bible. I thought it sounded masculine, I liked how it ended w/ the letter O, and I liked the nickname Jet. We did hear from people comparing it to a 60s TV show character but we dismissed the negativity and told them they were dating themselves or that we weren't aware of the character (which we weren't). We decided to go with our instincts and named our first son Jethro.

clairels Says:


I hear banjos playing.