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Pronunciation: EE-than
Origin of name: Hebrew
Meaning of name: Enduring, strong

The Story Behind This Baby Name

Ethan was the name of several minor Old Testament Israelite characters briefly mentioned in various genealogies:

  • a great-grandson of Jacob, grandson of Judah, father of Azariah
  • a Kohathite descendant of Levi
  • a Merarite son of Kushaiah, descendant of Levi

The most notable of the brief mentions is “Ethan, the Ezrahite,” son of Kushaiah. When the Bible describes the wisdom of Solomon, it says he was wiser than all men, even Ethan the Ezrahite. This Ethan was a singer at King David’s court well known for his wisdom. Also, Ethan the Ezrahite is credited as the author of Psalm 89!

Scriptures for the Bible Stories of the Boy Name Ethan

Variations of the baby name Ethan

Boy names: Eitan
Girl names: None

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28 Responses to “Ethan”

  1. I’m glad I found this web

    Posted by Alexander | September 12, 2009, 6:47 pm
  2. my son is called Ethan

    Posted by mutesa | May 22, 2011, 4:36 am
  3. We named our son, its a lovely name with great meaning. Thanks for the good work

    Posted by Chris | October 8, 2011, 12:16 am
  4. We selected this name for our son before he was born, and before we knew he has Down syndrome and many medical issues. We didn’t realize at the time God led us to this name to give us faith and remind us daily of his strength and determination!

    Posted by Colleen | October 9, 2011, 1:32 pm
  5. Wow, Colleen! Thank you for sharing your story. Names can be so powerful and meaningful, and that’s a great example!

    Posted by bookworm | October 10, 2011, 10:00 am
  6. Little did we know the powerful meaning of Ethan. We gave our son Ethan before he was born. His mum stayed in labor for 38 hours and her first pregnancy. The baby became stressed and the mother too. Ended up c. Section. The baby cried only once and endured a lot medication for two weeks in the hospital. He is now doing great n cries. To God be the glory. Born on 15/10/2011.

    Posted by George | February 9, 2012, 12:56 pm
  7. Thank u so much! Through your help we made a good choice of the name “ETHAN”, he was born on 24th July this year from Dr Ambrosoli memorial Hospital Kalongo, the mother is Babra Aceng, we shall always feel strong & enduring! May GOD bless u!

    Posted by Boniface Omoro | August 6, 2016, 5:29 pm
  8. The right name for my son his name is Ethan born on 8th August this year

    Posted by nila | September 12, 2016, 2:49 am
  9. am going to name my brothers son Ethan as l was pointed to look for the name and l feel proud for it thanks!

    Posted by kusiimakwe doreen | October 11, 2016, 1:56 am
  10. Thank u for helping me get such a wonderful name for my son (Ethan). He was born on 25th december this year. May God richly bless u.

    Posted by edwin | December 15, 2016, 3:27 am
  11. my nameis ethan and my middle name is levi

    Posted by ethan | January 11, 2017, 6:38 am
  12. After 7years of waiting God showed us mercy and gave my family a boy. I was inspired by psalm 89 to name him Ethan. To make it more beautiful I added my native name to make it Ethan-Ekpenyong. The name has a strong meaning.

    Posted by Israel | January 29, 2017, 1:03 am
  13. Hi thanks for the meaning of the name Ethan,we named our son Ethan,and he truely has the traits and characters of this name.he is making two in march and such a lovely, strong, brilliant boy.we love him alot coz he endures lots of time.
    God bless u all.
    Charity becky

    Posted by Charity Becky | February 21, 2017, 11:28 pm
  14. My husband and I named our son “Ethan” and before we did, the meaning struct us because it was what we were looking for. I love the name and I am glad that I have my own, strong and firm Ethan. Thank you.

    Posted by Arlene Shivlochan | April 25, 2017, 6:36 pm
  15. You can’t imagine what great thought I and my spouse went through looking for our first son’s name, after all kinds of surggestions than it dawn on me that “Ethan” is perfect to remind us how strong and enduring we all need to be. He was surley a wise man.

    Posted by David | July 20, 2017, 5:43 am
  16. thanks. my first son was named ethan. strong boy. bse when her mother was pregnant i used to encourage her to be strong for success. and god made on 14/6/16 at 12:00am wz blessing of ethan. thanks be the lord.

    Posted by bwengye amon | July 30, 2017, 10:29 am
  17. My son’s middle name is Ethan, I named him Ethan for the fact that he was premature and I wasn’t 100% sure he was going to make it. The name Ethan means strong warrior.

    Posted by Valerie Cruz | November 9, 2017, 8:54 pm
  18. I am his mother I am proud to have a son like him

    Posted by Elizabeth | April 1, 2018, 3:54 am
  19. I was selected to find my sister’s first born son’s name, and I found the name Ethan worth him. Thanks be to God.

    Posted by Kemi Glad | April 10, 2018, 6:14 am
  20. So glad you found it helpful, Kemi!

    Posted by Names Bookworm | April 10, 2018, 8:40 am
  21. Thank you for sharing your story, Valerie. That’s so inspiring!

    Posted by Names Bookworm | April 10, 2018, 8:40 am
  22. Thanks for the historic background of Ethan. I named my first child “Ethan”. Born on 27th April,2018

    Posted by Wyorkson | April 30, 2018, 1:42 pm
  23. I am going name my second born – Ethan because the name is lovely and has great meaning. God bless you.

    Posted by Babalola Opeyemi | May 31, 2018, 10:35 am
  24. I and my wife have agreed to mane our send baby boy Ethan because it is a great name. He will be born next year February. Thank you for the great job.

    Posted by Nicholas and Felistad | September 29, 2018, 4:08 am
  25. I am naming my first child today Ethan. I decided to look online today again and found this write up about the name. He was born through CS as labour refused to progress. Four days later he was said to have jaundice and we are still in hospital as at date. He is exhibit all the meaning of Ethan. Thanks for the post.

    Posted by Erddy | October 28, 2018, 4:30 am
  26. My son name is Ethan and d name was given to by God through dream wen my pregnancy was three months old as at 3 march 2015. So my son’s name was a revelation to me .

    Posted by kelechi | August 8, 2019, 5:21 am
  27. We love hearing stories like this one! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by Names Bookworm | August 8, 2019, 9:30 am
  28. When we were about to give birth to our first born, my wife asked me the name we shall give to our son and I said Ethan, and she was surprised because she had thought about it even before. Glad to be the father of Ethan. Stay strong my son!

    Posted by Geof | May 14, 2020, 12:33 pm

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