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origin: Irish


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Firm, Strong

While Ethan certainly counts as (and somehow just sounds like) a biblical name, he played only a small and slightly uncertain role in the testament itself. He was a famously wise man who King Solomon managed to top in smarts and may have also been a cymbal player in King David’s court. A more well-known namesake is Ethan Allen, the revolutionary war hero. (Yes -- and the guy who sells furniture.) Despite its history though, the name wasn’t even on the charts until the early 1900s…but even then, it wasn’t all that popular. It took a huge jump from the ’80s (average rank of 229) to the ’90s (55) -- maybe due to Tom Cruise’s lead character Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series, the first of which came out in ’96. Since then, it’s continued to rocket up the charts to its current peak in the top five. Look for it to continue to rise -- it’s fashionable without losing its classic and sophisticated feel and has the strong yet sensitive vibe that makes a great guy’s name.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 3

Famous ethan

  • Ethan Hawke - actor
  • Ethan Zohn - reality star
  • Ethan Embry - actor
  • Ethan Coen - director
  • Ethan Frome - title character in Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome

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