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The first name 

Ethan is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

Ethan is a very popular name!

In the US, Ethan is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common boys names and is currently in place 9. In fact, one out auf 300 boys under the age of 10 is named Ethan. In total, there are currently 459,721 people – children, adults and seniors – named Ethan living in the United States, which is approximately 0.14 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Ethan mean?

The roots of the name Ethan lie in the Hebrew language, in the Bible we also find the spelling Etan. Possible translations are ‘strong’ or ‘reliable’, but the name is also associated with being wise.

Who is wise? A wise person is one who is particularly rich in experience and knowledge and who behaves prudently and thoughtfully.

Many famous people have the name Ethan

Actor, writer and film producer

Ethan Hawke (*1970)
The trained actor and stage performer first appeared in front of the camera as a 14-year-old in the science fiction production 'Explorers - A Fantastic Adventure'. In the course of time, he played for example in 'Before Sunset', 'Boyhood' or the series 'Moon Knight'.

A fictional character

Ethan Hunt
The fictional character is the protagonist of the 'Mission: Impossible' film series. The first film was released in 1996 and Ethan Hunt has been portrayed by Tom Cruise ever since.

A freedom fighter

Ethan Allen (1738 - 1789)
Ethan Allen was a US freedom fighter, farmer, businessman, politician and so on. He fought against the settlements of the Province of New York in Vermont and later for Vermont's independence during the American War of Independence.

A YouTuber

Ethan Payne (*1995)
He is better known as Behzinga. Ethan Payne is an english Internet personality, YouTuber and streamer. Topics of his videos are games, soccer, comedy and fitness. On YouTube he has over 4 million subscribers and 500 million video views.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Ethan, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Ethan? Are you also called Ethan? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

A town

The town Ethan is located 10 miles south of Mitchell in Davison County, South Dakota.

A fort

The Union Army built the earthwork fortification Fort Ethan Allen in Virginia in 1861 as part of its Civil War defenses.

Ethan -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Nevada

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Ethan is one of them. However, Ethan is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Nevada seem to particularly fancy this name – the 3,301 men called Ethan who live here are 0,584% of all male residents and push their name up to #35 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Nevada. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 459,721 people with the name Ethan. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Ethan on position 66 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Ethan has 5 letters 
and begins with an E

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter E is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for boys' names: 3.8% of all common boys' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of boys' names, by the way, are J, A and D, while X, U and Q are the least common initials of boys' names.

With five letters, the name Ethan is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that with 3.8%, E as the first letter in boys' names is almost as common as all 26 letters on average - and of all the boys' names that start with an E, Edward is the most common.

Other names with 
E, t, h, a and n

If you take all the letters in the name Ethan – E, t, h, a and n – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Ehtan or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Ethan

If your name is Ethan and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Ethan

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Ethan, you can simply say:






This is how the name Ethan is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Ethan in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Ethan

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Ethan is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Ethan

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Ethan sounds like this: