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280k
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Ethel

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Noble
  • #259 All Time
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Boys

How popular is the baby name Ethel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 639 633 6 #38 girl name
1881 793 788 5 #25 girl name
1882 989 989 0 #24 girl name
1883 1,132 1,132 0 #20 girl name
1884 1,393 1,386 7 #18 girl name
1885 1,508 1,495 13 #15 girl name
1886 1,705 1,699 6 #15 girl name
1887 1,917 1,907 10 #11 girl name
1888 2,386 2,374 12 #9 girl name
1889 2,477 2,463 14 #8 girl name
1890 2,726 2,718 8 #7 girl name
1891 2,698 2,689 9 #7 girl name
1892 3,052 3,035 17 #8 girl name
1893 3,131 3,119 12 #8 girl name
1894 3,298 3,287 11 #7 girl name
1895 3,406 3,391 15 #8 girl name
1896 3,514 3,502 12 #6 girl name
1897 3,199 3,182 17 #8 girl name
1898 3,555 3,531 24 #8 girl name
1899 3,014 2,999 15 #9 girl name
1900 3,916 3,896 20 #8 girl name
1901 3,083 3,067 16 #9 girl name
1902 3,314 3,295 19 #9 girl name
1903 3,277 3,257 20 #9 girl name
1904 3,313 3,296 17 #11 girl name
1905 3,415 3,401 14 #12 girl name
1906 3,527 3,511 16 #12 girl name
1907 3,710 3,698 12 #12 girl name
1908 3,808 3,786 22 #12 girl name
1909 3,686 3,661 25 #13 girl name
1910 4,179 4,146 33 #13 girl name
1911 4,158 4,141 17 #15 girl name
1912 5,091 5,073 18 #18 girl name
1913 5,396 5,369 27 #20 girl name
1914 6,230 6,204 26 #21 girl name
1915 7,409 7,379 30 #23 girl name
1916 7,625 7,601 24 #25 girl name
1917 7,901 7,864 37 #24 girl name
1918 8,111 8,076 35 #28 girl name
1919 7,850 7,810 40 #28 girl name
1920 7,892 7,869 23 #30 girl name
1921 7,636 7,604 32 #32 girl name
1922 7,269 7,244 25 #32 girl name
1923 6,571 6,540 31 #38 girl name
1924 6,625 6,584 41 #39 girl name
1925 6,208 6,175 33 #43 girl name
1926 5,889 5,859 30 #41 girl name
1927 5,529 5,486 43 #47 girl name
1928 4,971 4,923 48 #55 girl name
1929 4,549 4,517 32 #56 girl name
1930 4,136 4,099 37 #65 girl name
1931 3,795 3,762 33 #67 girl name
1932 3,629 3,607 22 #66 girl name
1933 3,253 3,218 35 #71 girl name
1934 3,208 3,178 30 #78 girl name
1935 3,031 3,004 27 #82 girl name
1936 2,748 2,731 17 #90 girl name
1937 2,787 2,764 23 #88 girl name
1938 2,753 2,726 27 #94 girl name
1939 2,522 2,494 28 #100 girl name
1940 2,386 2,374 12
1941 2,285 2,269 16
1942 2,219 2,204 15
1943 2,226 2,216 10
1944 2,061 2,053 8
1945 1,828 1,818 10
1946 1,948 1,936 12
1947 2,091 2,083 8
1948 1,878 1,872 6
1949 1,762 1,753 9
1950 1,612 1,603 9
1951 1,499 1,492 7
1952 1,412 1,399 13
1953 1,283 1,283 0
1954 1,180 1,174 6
1955 1,111 1,102 9
1956 1,083 1,076 7
1957 885 880 5
1958 856 856 0
1959 681 681 0
1960 730 730 0
1961 632 632 0
1962 587 582 5
1963 531 523 8
1964 517 517 0
1965 445 440 5
1966 371 364 7
1967 341 341 0
1968 288 283 5
1969 276 276 0
1970 226 226 0
1971 218 218 0
1972 180 180 0
1973 181 181 0
1974 130 130 0
1975 149 149 0
1976 113 113 0
1977 106 106 0
1978 106 106 0
1979 87 87 0
1980 75 75 0
1981 63 63 0
1982 82 82 0
1983 70 70 0
1984 48 48 0
1985 54 54 0
1986 46 46 0
1987 29 29 0
1988 30 30 0
1989 51 51 0
1990 46 46 0
1991 36 36 0
1992 33 33 0
1993 28 28 0
1994 22 22 0
1995 25 25 0
1996 29 29 0
1997 14 14 0
1998 18 18 0
1999 23 23 0
2000 14 14 0
2001 19 19 0
2002 29 29 0
2003 24 24 0
2004 23 23 0
2005 20 20 0
2006 13 13 0
2007 17 17 0
2008 13 13 0
2009 15 15 0
2010 14 14 0
2011 14 14 0
2012 15 15 0
2013 14 14 0
2014 21 21 0
2015 12 12 0

Want to know about the popularity of the Ethel baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 280,131 babies born with the name Ethel in the United States. That's more than enough Ethels to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 639 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Ethel" was in 1918 with a total of 8,076 babies. (That's a lot of baby Ethels)

According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Ethel" ranks #77 in popularity as a baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, 267 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1931. Across the entire United States a total of 3,795 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ethel" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ethel as well as things modernly associated with the name Ethel such as celebrities named Ethel.

Origin and Meaning of Ethel

The name "Ethel" is of English origin, and it means "Noble". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1930 to 1982. Ethel was born in 1908 as Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in Queens, New York, U.S.

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Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1918 to 1977. Ethel was born in 1896 in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Ethel Barrymore

Ethel Barrymore is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1895 to 1957. Ethel was born in 1879 as Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Ruby Keeler

Ruby Keeler is an actress, dancer, and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1923 to 1989. Ruby was born in 1909 as Ethel Hilda Keeler in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Ethel

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Ethel Mertz
Ethel Kennedy
Ethel Lance
Ethel Payne
Ethel Rosenberg

Alternative Meanings

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

T is for talent, hidden or not.

H is for handy, the helpful you.

E is for enjoy, your life can be fun!

L is for life, that you live so well.

Your name in reverse order is "Lehte". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ehlte". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Ethel born May 29, 1995

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern New Zealand approximately on 1150. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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