What does Ethel mean?
Ethel [ethel] as a girls' name is pronounced ETH-el. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ethel is "noble". Short form of old names containing ethel like Etheldreda. First used as an independent name in the 1840s, and made somewhat popular then by a character named Ethel in Thackeray's novel "The Newcomes" (1855). Actresses Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Merman.
Ethel▼ has 21 variants: Atal, Ehtel, Etel, Etelka, Eth, Etha, Ethelda, Etheleen, Ethelene, Ethelin, Ethelinda, Etheline, Ethelyn▼, Ethelynne, Ethill, Ethille, Ethlin, Ethlyn, Ethlynn, Ethyl▼ and Ethyll.Creative forms:
(female) Ethea, Ethelea, ..
(male) Ethed, Ethsel, .. Middle name pairings:
Ethel Aditi (E.A.), ..
How popular is Ethel?
Ethel is a very prominent first name for females (#125 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Ethel for girls. Ethel reached its top rank of #8 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Ethel ranked in the Top 2000 are Ethelyn, Ethlyn, Ethyl, Ethelene, Etheleen, Ethelda and Etha. Adoption of these forms of Ethel was at its highest in the 1890s (average #1221), but now, forms such as Ethyl have gone out of style.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Bethel, Chel, Elthea, Erthel (see Eartha), Estel, Esther▼, Ethna, Ethnea, Ethnee, Ethni, Ettey, Itzel and Rahel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ethel.See names in meaning and etymology.