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Ethel meaning and name origin
Ethel \e-thel\ as a girl's name is pronounced ETH-el. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ethel is "noble". Short form of old names like Etheldreda. First used as an independent name in the 1840s. Actresses Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Merman.
Ethel has 19 variant forms: Atal, Ehtel, Etel, Etha, Ethelda, Etheleen, Ethelene, Ethelin, Ethelinda, Etheline, Ethelyn, Ethelynne, Ethill, Ethille, Ethlin, Ethlyn, Ethlynn, Ethyl and Ethyll.
Baby names that sound like Ethel are Adel and Etoile.
Popularity of Ethel
Ethel is a very popular first name for women (#125 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#85367 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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