Boy Baby Name

Ethan

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Quick Facts on Ethan

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 6
Pronunciation:
EE-thin
Simple meaning:
Firm, long-lived

Characteristics of Ethan

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ethan

Ethan is an ancient Biblical name of Hebrew origin which appears a few obscure times throughout the Old Testament; most often, however, he’s referenced as a wise man whom Solomon surpasses in wisdom (1 Kings 4:31). The authorship of Psalm 89 is also attributed to Ethan the Ezrahite (“I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord”); and Ethan appears four or five times on genealogy lists in the Book of Chronicles. The name (אֵיתָן) in Hebrew means “firm” as in “sturdy, enduring, long-lived”. Despite Ethan’s obscure and insignificant place in the Bible, the Puritans adopted the name around the 17th century after the Reformation. It was the religiously austere practice of Puritans to bestow lesser-known Biblical names on their children as an act of modesty. They then brought these names (e.g., Ethan, Malachi, Micah, Jedidiah, etc) to the New World (i.e., America). Later in American history – during the 18th century American Revolution – patriot and war hero Ethan Allen made a name for himself as the leader of the “Green Mountain Boys”. His written accounts of his exploits were popular in the 19th century during which time Ethan enjoyed revival interest as a boy’s name. Today, in the 21st century, parents are once again flocking to the name Ethan as a top choice for their baby boys. And we're not just talking about here in America. Ethan is a Top 10 favorite in Canada, Australia, Scotland, Northern Ireland and France. It is also a highly ranked name in England, Wales, Belgium and Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Ethan

The name Ethan did not show up on the American popularity graphs until the 1950's. By the 1980's it was still only enjoying moderate to low success in terms of popularity. Then BAM! In 1989, everything changed. The name jumped 176 places on the chart and hit the Top 100. By 2002, the name Ethan entered the Top 10 and hasn't looked back. What exactly happened in 1989 to so abruptly change this name's favorability? Hard to say. We do know that Ethan Hawke starred in the wildly successful film, "Dead Poets Society" in 1989 which is when he rose to prominence. Perhaps he took his name with him, and introduced it to millions of Americans who collectively agreed the name was charming. No matter what the reason behind the sudden surge in popularity of the name Ethan 20 years ago, the trend took hold and is showing no signs of waning.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ethan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ethan

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ethan

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ethan

    Ethan Frome Ethan Frome is the central character in Edith Wharton's novel bearing the same name, "Ethan Frome". He is a generally sympathetic protagonist in that we see him as a decent human being, a sensitive man and a lover of nature. He is, however, a victim of a set of circumstances that weaken his emotional strength. He is conflicted between his passion and the social mores of his time and place. He is also constricted by a harsh winter climate of the small New England town in which he resides. The story centers around Ethan, and his endurance of his bitter, shrewish wife, and his passion for another young woman.

  • Popular Songs on Ethan

    Popular Songs on Ethan

    Ethan - We cannot find any songs featuring the name Ethan.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ethan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ethan

    Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton) - Tragic story of wasted lives, set against a bleak New England background. A poverty-stricken New England farmer, his ailing wife and a youthful housekeeper are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted domestic struggle in this hauntingly grim tale of thwarted love. Considered by many to be Wharton's masterpiece. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Ethan Out and About: Brand New Readers (Johanna Hurwitz) - Four simple stories about playing outside that will make new readers eager to keep going! Ethan chases a cat, learns to ride his bike, finds a surprise at the bird feeder, and unintentionally shares his picnic in four short, funny stories. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ethan's Barbershop Singing Family (Mary Ann Watson) - Men, women, boys and girls throughout America and other countries enjoy Barbershop Singing. This harmonic singing style is a tradition in Ethan's family. As he introduces the reader to the hobby, the illustrations bring it to life with delightful warmth and meaningful interpretation. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ethan's Story: My Life With Autism (Ethan Rice) - A children's book written by eight year old Ethan Rice who happens to be autistic. In this fully illustrated book Ethan explains what autism means to him and why he feels so very blessed that God made him this way. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Ethan, Suspended (Pamela Ehrenberg) - After getting suspended from school, Ethan Oppenheimer is uprooted from his comfortable suburban life in Pennsylvania and sent to live in Washington, D.C., with grandparents he hardly knows. At Parker Junior High, he stands out as the only white student. Making friends there is difficult; fitting in, impossible. It doesn’t help that his overprotective grandparents expect him to live their old-fashioned, frugal lifestyle. As he tries to find his way in this new world, Ethan also struggles with issues from the world he left behind - guilt about the events surrounding his suspension, anxiety about his parents separation, loneliness for the company of his family and friends. Slowly, Ethan adjusts. He makes a few friends; he joins the jazz band and learns a new instrument; he even gets used to dried-out dinners at 4:30 pm. Along the way he learns a lot about prejudice and acceptance - and about himself and his changing family situation. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Rabbits and Redcoats (Robert Newton Peck) - Two young boys join Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys in the attack on Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Summerland (Michael Chabon) - “You better be ready, kid," said a voice just behind him. "Pretty soon now you’re going to get the call." Ethan looked behind him. On the other side of the low chain-link fence that separated the ball field from the spectator area leaned a dark little man with bright green eyes. He was an old man, with white hair pulled back into a ponytail and a big, intelligent nose. His skin was the color of a well-oiled baseball glove. The expression on his face was half mocking and half annoyed, as if he had been disappointed to catch Ethan napping, but not surprised. There was something in his face that said he knew Ethan Feld. Summerland is a magical place, where the local Little League gathers to play baseball on a perfectly manicured lawn, and the sun is always shining in a flawless blue sky. However, the small beings known as ferishers, who ensure this perfect weather, are threatened by an ancient enemy and need a hero -- a baseball star, in fact -- to vanquish their foe... " Recommended for ages 12-14.

    The View from Saturday (E.L. Kognisburg) - 1996 Newbery Medalwinner about four unlikely students, Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian become bonded together when their teacher chooses them to represent their class in an Academic Bowl competition. This is a touching story of friendship, compassion, growth, and the importance of telling your story. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Ethan

    Famous People Named Ethan

    Famous People Named Ethan - Ethan Hawke (actor); Ethan Coen (director)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ethan

    Children of Famous People Named Ethan

    Famous People who Named their Son Ethan - Edward Furlong (actor); Jackson Browne (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Ethan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ethan Allen - No, we're not talking about the furniture store. Ethan Allen was an actual historical figure dating back to the 1700's. He is most notable as the leader of the "Green Mountain Boys", a group of Vermont patriots who fought valiantly in the American Revolutionary war.

Personality of the Boy Name Ethan

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ethan

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