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Baby Names: Ethan – Babble


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Meaning: Stable, long-lived

Origin: Hebrew

Alternate spellings: Ethen, Athan, Aitan, Eitan

Ethan is a Hebrew name from the Bible that means “stable, long-lived.” Despite that positive-sounding definition, Ethan didn’t regularly make the top 1,000 names in the U.S. until the 1950s. (Ethan did appear a handful of times in the 1880s, likely due to patriot Ethan Allen.) It made a huge leap in popularity in 1989, going from #263 in 1988 to #87 the next year, perhaps due to actor Ethan Hawke, who started making movies around that time. The name has continued to gain popularity in recent years. This is a great pick if you don’t like nicknames.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 25

2004: 5

2008: 3

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Ean 869

Ivan 132

Evan 38

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2 thoughts on “Baby Names: Ethan – Babble

  1. says:

    This is such a great name for boys.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I actually never heard this meaning: stable, long-lived

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