Monday, February 21, 2011

What's in a Name?

Ethan \e-than\ as a boy's name is pronounced EE-than. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ethan is "firmness, long-lived, strong, optimistic, solid and enduring". This was the name of a wise man in the Old Testament. It may be that Ethan was a cymbal-player in King David's court. He authored Psalm 89. After the Protestant Reformation it was occasionally used as a given name in the English-speaking world, and it became somewhat common in America due to the fame of the American patriot and revolutionary Ethan Allen (1738-1789). It only became popular towards the end of the 20th century. This was the name of the main character in Edith Wharton's novel 'Ethan Frome' (1911).

Ethan has 4 variant forms: Aitan, Eitan, Etan and Ethen.

Baby names that sound like Ethan are Athan, Eidan, Edan and Eton.

According to numerology, Ethan is represented by the number 3. Characteristics associated with the number 3 are; expressive, sociable, well verbalized, strength within the arts, the joy of living life to the full.

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