Given Name ETHEL

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: ETH-əl  [details]

Meaning & History

Short form of names beginning with the Old English element æðel meaning "noble". It was coined in the 19th century, when many Old English names were revived. It was popularized by the novels 'The Newcomes' (1855) by William Makepeace Thackeray and 'The Daisy Chain' (1856) by C. M. Yonge. A famous bearer was American actress and singer Ethel Merman (1908-1984).

Categories

actresses, American Horror Story characters, Archie Comics characters, currently out of the US top 1000, Downton Abbey characters, I Love Lucy characters, literature, mascots, nobility, short forms, singers, storms, television, top 10 in the US
DIMINUTIVE: Ethelyn
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Adela, Adelina, Alda (Ancient Germanic), Adelina (Bulgarian), Adéla (Czech), Aada, Ada, Adele (Finnish), Adèle, Adeline, Aude, Aline, Line (French), Adele, Adelina, Alina (German), Adél, Ada (Hungarian), Adele, Adelina, Alda, Ada, Alina (Italian), Adela, Alina (Polish), Adelina, Alda, Aldina (Portuguese), Aline (Portuguese (Brazilian)), Adela, Adelina, Alina (Romanian), Adela, Adelia, Adelina (Spanish), Adelita (Spanish (Latin American))
Entry updated October 20, 2016