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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Firm

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ethan

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ethan in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Ethan:

  • Records indicate that 337,278 boys in the United States have been named Ethan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2004, when 22,162 people in the U.S. were given the name Ethan. Those people are now 16 years old.

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      52 Positive Comments

  • "I was born in 1988. Growing up, when it was not as popular, people constantly mispronounced or misspelled my name wrong, especially teachers at school. These frustrations don't change the fact that I am very proud of my name." Sep. 24, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ethan on 1990, it is the name of a character that John Wayne played in the Searchers. He also named his youngest son Ethan, he played his grandson in the movie Big Jake. Liam Neeson also played character named Ethan in the movie Ethan Fromme. Sadly my son passed away just hours after he was born, I still miss him." Jul. 31, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ethan in 2003. I've always loved the name. I had a hard time coming up with a middle name,but finally Ethan Truitt was chosen for him. It seems to be an extremely popular name now!!" May. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in 1960, for the first 35 years of my life I met only one other person named Ethan (in 1971). Alone, but unique. Then, all of a sudden, for some reason, it became popular. It used to be when my name was uttered, I was being spoken to. Not any more. Last year, my name was called in the Doctor's office, but they called for someone else. "Sorry sir, not you." Weird feeling." May. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ethan in 1993 from the western TV series Paradise from 1988 - 1991 where Ethan Cord was played by actor Lee Horsely. His character made the name seem like such a strong, handsome name. My son says he likes his name." Oct. 25, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "im ethan, and people never mispernounce my name, im 11 about to be 12. being ethan is a trouble maker's name." Feb. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son ethan 7 1/2 years ago. it wasn't common here in NZ I never met an Ethan or heard nof someone with the Name. I heard nit years ago in Dr Quinn Medicine Woman her beau was called Ethan and I loved it ever since and I always said if I had a boy he would be called Ethan! and I did and now I have met another Ethan at his school 1 year older than him, but no others and I still love it and i love it's meaning too! Tena mother of ETHAN" Jul. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 8yr old us named Ethan Shane...its a great name!" Jan. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ethan and I am 8 years old.I pronounce it this way:e-than.I like to play computer games. I have met people with the same name before." Sep. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Grandmother And Grandfather Always Spell It Ethen! My Grandmother Is Always Calling Me Etthan" Mar. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name is rooted in Hebrew... for strong or firm. Just decided on this name for my first child. Ethan James" Feb. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our first born Ethan Lucas. It's such a fitting name for our little man and everyone else seems to love it too." Jan. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 21 and in 1991 there were very few boys in our area of Connecticut with the name Ethan. Now to our surprise we meet young men over 19 named Ethan all the time. Strong name." Dec. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 30 and my name is Ethan Todd. growing up i was ET which i liked. i wouldnt trade my name for anything else" Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "To my knowledge I never met any Ethans growing up, and from what I hear the name is making a comeback recently. My hubby actually picked out the name. To us it just seems to roll easily off the tongue compared to the middle name we chose. We chose Charles for the second name thus "strong, free man" as the full meaning. The full initials are E.C.W. which is the wrestling championship a few years back. Hope he has the chance to live up to the name! Have already gotten compliments that people like the name so far!" Oct. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was looking for something that reminded me of 1800's early 1900's Pollyanna feeling. My son was born in 2002 and I even went so far as looking up names Shakespear used as characters in his plays. I don't know what made me settle on Ethan and yes was dissapointed at the popularity after I had him however I couldn't imagine him with any other name. It's perfect he's perfect and am proud to confirm there is absoulutely no association to Tom Cruise/Ethan/Mission Impossible. If I would associate a suggestion it would be Ethan Hawke. I almost named him Ethan Alexander till someone pointed out 'Ethan Allen'." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our gorgeous son Ethan was born in 2004. His name is Ethan Steven David - the two middle names being my husband and my husband's father. The name has grown hugely in popularity in Wales over the past few years so what I thought was a relatively unique name has turned out rather popular now but I think it's a good, strong name and I love it." Feb. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sons nick name is Ethan his full birth name is ethaniel i havent meet anyone else with his name. everyone always thinks his name is nathaniel but its said ethan with an iel at the end lol" Feb. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our youngest son "Ethan" after a character that John Wayne played in the movie "The Searchers" - had NO idea what a popular name it has become. Dad's a huge John Wayne/Western fan - our oldest son's name is Shane - after Alan Ladd's movie "Shane". They're great solid names...and so far haven't met any boys his age with his name!" Dec. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It actually means strength in Hebrew. (aytan) I think it's a solid name." Jul. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my first son Ethan in 2004. I feel that it is a very strong and timeless name. My second son will be named Easton because I love the name Ethan so much and that is just about as close as I can get to it without naming him Ethan also." Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our new son Ethan Andrew. It is a very strong, masculine name. It also seems to be exclusively a boys name as I have never heard of a girl with this name." Jun. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a strong, masculine Biblical name -I love it!" Jun. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "For the guy who joined a facebook group b/c his name was once unique and now it is more popular get out a little more and enjoy life would ya? Seriously. It's a good name, move on." Feb. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "ethan is the greates name ever. I think everbody should name there kids ethan" Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1983 and my mom and dad were originally going to name me Ethan, but they decided on Brian, after a close family friend. So, my wife and I named our son Ethan Malachi, for my mom. We love the name, and he's the only one in our town with that name (we live in a very small, very rural northern CA town where everyone knows everyone!). He's 2 1/2 now and we're expecting our 2nd child in July (again! Ethan's birthday is the 25th). So yeah...we love it! Brian, Danielle and Ethan Oh, and "Annelise Selah" (if we have a girl) or "Ezra or Ezekiel or Micah or Noah Maddox or Derringer" (if we have a boy) =]" Jan. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 2nd son Ethan after the character from the popular TV show Mission Impossible and Tom Cruise movies, Ethan Hunt. The funny thing is after watching Mission Impossible 3, I found out Ethan Hunt's middle name is Matthew, and that's what I gave my son as his middle name.. a coincidence really. But I also looked up the meaning of the name, and it was a no brainer. It also sounds manly, tough, smart and cunning to me and my wife. We're glad the name is becoming more and more popular..." Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "he is hawt and sweet and hilarious but just an awesome friend! go Ethan's out there especially my Ethan from da middle of nowhere with his awesome personality!! YAY!" Dec. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my little 6 year old brother is named ethan. we were debating between the name ethan and the name logan and we all ended up agreeing on ethan. the name really says "bold" and thats my little bro. hes so energetic and fun and hyper 24/7. even though im 12 and hes 6 he acts so much closer 2 my age and hes really mature 4 his age." Oct. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've only begun to appreciate my name in the recent years. Everyone has always told me that the name fits every aspect of my life. The girls love the name, they say it is a masculine name. Through out my whole life ive only met one person with my name. It has been great being the only person that can say that their name fits them and very unique." Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've only begun to appreciate my name in the recent years. Everyone has always told me that the name fits every aspect of my life. The girls love the name, they say it is a masculine name. Through out my whole life ive only met one person with my name. It has been great being the only person that can say that their name fits them and very unique." Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Ethan almost 25 years ago. At the time there were no other Ethans and we felt that his name was quite distinctive. That has certainly changed. Now he has joined a Facebook group made up of guys like him who originally had felt their name was unique, but now feel like the new Jennifer. Oh well. I still love the name." Jun. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband I chose the name Ethan after contemplating for months over names. We both agreed on Ethan because to us it sounds like a cute name for a baby and a strong name for a man. When we found out it meant strength we knew this was exactly what we were looking for. I never knew any Ethan's growing up and thought it was an uncommon name. I later found out after naming our 1 and 1/2 year old Ethan that it is becoming popular. However, this does not make us feel like we chose a bad name. We feel flattered to know that other's have found the same beauty and strength in it that we did. We don't feel it makes our son less "special" because his name is not made up or one of a kind! We get compliments on our son's name all the time and I am happy we gave him a strong name to carry with him through life." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always loved this name because I thought it was "different," but in the last couple of years it seems to have gotten alot more popular." Feb. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Ethan is a great name the girls like it and no one has a problem with it. plus it rules" Nov. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our 2nd some Ethan...funny we didn't know that it meant FIRM but it sure fits...he's 2.3 years old and doesn't back down!" Oct. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love this name! Ethan is what I want to name my son when he graces our presence in 7 months, if its a boy." Sep. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name Ethan named my 2 year old son Ethan and I don't know any other Ethan's and so many people tell me all the time that aw I love that name aw that name is so cute and diff." Jun. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ethan because it is masculine and sounds strong to me. I plan on naming my son Ethan :o)" May. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello im from the U.K and my 3 yr old son is called ethan the name is biblical not irish like people think, it means strong and firm . he is a very strong character and the name is aswell . it was also the name of the guy in mission impossible ethan hunt lol its a beautiful name and should be used for special children god bless xx" Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I picked the name because of its meaning, "firm, srong, strength" and it was uncommon. That being said, it has been a number one name used for baby boy born in BC for the past few years. Nevetheless, I still love the name. In the Bible, God's names represent His characters. Since Ethan was born, it has been my prayer that as he follows God, he "can do anything with the strength of the Lord" in his life for the glory of the Lord. Ethan, an awesome name!!!" Feb. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our 1 year old Ethan and we just LOVE the name. We have loved it for years and finally had a chance after being married for 12 years to use with our only child. I first heard the name given to a child character on the show "Thirtysomething" years ago on TV. It seems to be very popular now, but we have just always loved this name since we were in college that it does not matter. We still have not met another Ethan his age though(:" Jan. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Ethan Alexander, its a great name but very popular in our area. Our daughter has an unusual name, Talia, and I wish we had picked something a bit less common for our son." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson is called Ethan, and we all love it. Is it common? Not as common as some names." Nov. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and hope to one day name my son Ethan, It is also a biblical name." Oct. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Ethan in 2003. It is a name that is common enough people dont look at you funny, but I haven't heard of any other child go by this name around us." Oct. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a cool name. Trendy, but not too much so. The boys I know with this name are really well rounded and good, solid kids." Sep. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This sounds like a very strong name to me. This is a boy's boy." Aug. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it! We named our now 11yr old Ethan. It is classic and cool. Favorite nick-name: E-man." Aug. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I name my first son Ethan Shane and I still love the name. I get a lot of great comments regarding it." Jun. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People do spell it wrong occasionally, though that happens less & less as its popularity rises. I do sometimes get called Ian and Nathan. I guess my one disappointment with the name is that I had to suffer having a "weird" name back in the '70s and now that I'm in my mid-30's and want a cool & unusual name, it's become fairly common." Apr. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ethan is my son's name. It is a good strong name. My husband named him. There is usually another Ethan wherever we take him but that is okay." Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "Sorry, but this name is becoming common, not in a "James" or "Steve" kind of way, but in a do what everyone else is doing but still think you're being original kind of way." Jan. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Makes me think of ether - anaesthetic. Looks ugly written down. Sorry." Oct. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      23 Neutral Comments

  • "My son's name was Ethan, he was born March1990. He was named after John Wayne's character in the movie The Searchers. I always loved The Duke. My son passed away just hours after he was born, I'll always love that name." Aug. 19, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ethan born 1980 and I feel my parents should have tried harder in naming me becuase it doesn't match my creative authenticity." Oct. 9, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ethan in 2007, never heard of the name and knew noone called it. It was such a strong UNIQUE sounding name and the best part was it couldn't be shortened. My son is super cute and the name suits him well but am finding that more and more people are calling their child this name, I don't like that lol." Jul. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 2 year old and named him Ethan. I thought it was unique and a few weeks after he was born I had random people tell me how they know someone that just named their baby Ethan as well. I am a little bummed to find it was so popular." Jul. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Ethan, when we named him that I only knew of one other Ethan at the time and at the hospital the staff told me it was a nice unique name. Now it is everywhere! But I still think it's a great name for a boy, very strong and handsome sounding :)" Apr. 30, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ethan william songy and i live in a two story house" Nov. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love love this name my son's name is Ethan and everyone says he resembeles his name, I guess that is why many say that a special name is destined for evey individual, so far I haven't ran into too many Ethan's, which can be a good thing. However, if it's such a nice name that I wouln't blame anyone wanting it." Jul. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son's name is Ethan it's a biblical name meaning everlasting strength and live long .ohh boy he is strong, healthy and the name says it all.l love it so much and l feel that if l have another boy l will call him Nathan as it has same meaning." Jul. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "when i ahve a son i shall call him ethan because of the meaning of the name" May. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ethan and am proud to say that I was 22 years ahead of the curve with my son !!( he was born in 1988 ). The name Ethan is found in the Bible as Psalms 89 was written by a minor prophet named Ethan to the people of David. Ethan is a very solid name although as a preschool teacher I can say it is way too popular now just like Isabella ans Emma !!" Feb. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its a good name, but I know 6 Ethans all under the age of 6 - Its a great name, but there is no originality." Jul. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is v hard to name a boy..there is an Ethan in my family, always thought it was ok, but as i studied boys names, it just seemed so meaningful and suitable 4 any age, so 4 our 2 month old baby his name is...u guessed it Ethan!! v uncommon around me area in the UK at mo xxx love it xxx a strong name 4 our physically strong baby xx" May. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ethan, im 18 year old, ive never met an Ethan who hasnt been at least 5 years younger than me so ive always had the impression that i was kind of a pioneer, at first i never liked my name because no one else had it and it sounded so foriegn on my tounge but i feel that ive really grown into it, great name the ladies love it and i theres no mix-ups, when someone shouts Ethan! I know exactly who they're looking for" May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ethan 4 years ago...never actually knowing an Ethan. I thought it was unique and then all of a sudden everyone is naming their son Ethan. I feel bad for when he starts school and there's 7 Ethan's in his class. If I have another child, their name will not be a common one." Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I must be the only one that cant STAND it, what a horrid sounding name" Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "we named our first son ethan. first learnt of the name on a tv soap, sounded cute and uncommon. but still we wanted to give our son a name with meaning. we discovered the name had a biblical meaning ang the biblical ethan wrote psalm 89, he used to play the cymbal in king davids court. it means strong and firm. our son's birth and what he is now reals shows we could never have chosen better! he is a real Ethan!" Apr. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son this because I love it and it's beautiful BUT when my husband and I moved back to Jamaica, EVERYONE pronounced his name like EAT-TON. I'm constantly correcting people, it's EATH-an" Mar. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ethan is one of those timeless names where it sounds cute for a baby, and strong for an adult. Best name in the world!" Sep. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name! I like it and people tell me they like my name all the time. But I didn't meet any other Ethans until recently. I met only one other guy my age in college named Ethan. I know that many kids are now named Ethan cause I see young mothers yelling "Ethan!" at the mall and different places and I can't help but think they are talking to me. LOL I think actors like Ethan Hawk and Labels like Ethan Allen kind of "popularized" the name. Its not too common for teens, young adults, and older adults." Jun. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My second sons name is Ethan, in 1998 it was not a popular name it was different but not too unusual. We had never met another Ethan till years after he was born. We love the name." Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriends name is Ethan Aikman and I love the name very much! I don't know if he likes it but that doesn't matter cuz I love it!! His favorite nickname is EA!!" Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "THIS IS MY NAME, i love it, best name ever if you ask me" Jan. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "everyone always spells it "Eathan" instead of Ethan. i dont know why." Jul. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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