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pinWhat does Ethel mean?

Ethel /eth-el/ 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.

Kreatif forms: Eaethel, Ethelea, Ethelei. [more]

pinHow 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ethel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ethel outside U.S.

Prominent variation forms of Ethel ranked in the Top 1000 are Ethyl, Ethelyn, Ethelene and Etha. Usage of these forms of Ethel was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (average #552) and has become significantly less since, with the forms Etha, Ethel, Ethelyn and Ethyl becoming less in vogue.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ethel, Etha, Ethelene, Ethelyn, Ethyl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ethel and related baby names outside U.S.

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Recommended similar baby names are Bethel, Chel, Elthea, Erthel, Estel, Esther, Ethna, Ethnea, Ethnee, Ethni, Ettey, Itzel and Rahel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ethel.