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Another version of the name Ethel is Ethelene. It has been used many times in my family.
rockridgerunner  4/23/2005
Ethel Merman was a star of stage and film musicals.
Elphi  12/21/2005
Ethel Barrett was a wonderful storyteller and author of children's Christian books.
breakofday  12/30/2005
Vivian Vance played Ethel, Lucy's best friend on the T.V. show "I Love Lucy."
breakofday  12/30/2005
My name is Ethel and it has been recycled so many times in my family. I am the youngest one (36). My parents went out on a limb when they named me in the late 60's! I don't think it will ever come back!
― Anonymous User  1/9/2006
Sounds like a mean old aunt to me, not a very nice name for a child!
― Anonymous User  1/16/2006
This was the name of Ethel Rosenberg who was executed with her husband as a Soviet spy.
nomenphile  7/25/2006
Yes, makes me think of very old people. Hmm?
Surreal  10/29/2006
When I hear this name I think of noble Anglo-Saxon maidens and classy Victorian ladies.
― Anonymous User  12/5/2006
Ethel Skinner was a fictional dithery pensioner in the British soap 'EastEnders' in the Eighties and Nineties.  3/1/2007
I don't mind old-fashioned names but this one doesn't do much for me. Plus it reminds me of 'ethyl.'
― Anonymous User  5/27/2007
'Ethel' can be a short form of the Greek 'etheloisa'. "Kouk Etheloisa" means "despite herself." It is mentioned in the poetess Sappho's ode to Aphrodite. So Ethel, I believe would mean "her" or possibly "you." That wouldn't be much of a name though, more of an adjective or something.
― Anonymous User  6/16/2007
It sounds like the name of a cranky great aunt.
― Anonymous User  6/17/2007
I don't really like this name. Sounds like the name of some cartoon hen or something. It almost rhymes with "Heckle."
― Anonymous User  6/22/2007
A famous bearer is Ethel Barrymore, actress of the stage and screen, born in 1879.
BlueSomehow  8/6/2007
In the United States and in the first decade of the 20th century, this was both a popular girl's name and a very rarely used boy's name, yet the majority only know it as a granny name, for it dropped out of the boys' top 1,000 around 1910. The girl's name, at the time, was also occasionally spelt 'Ethyl' - a variant spelling rather than a borrowing of the word 'ethyl' (also pronounced 'eeth-ill'), indicating a type of alcohol.  9/1/2007
Sounds as dated today as such elaborations as Ethelburga ("noble fortress" in Anglo-Saxon) and Ethelinda ("noble serpent"), as well as the male name Ethelbert. Although Ethel is an old lady's name today, it was a middle-aged woman's name in the 1950s and a young girl's name in the 1900s. Despite also being a rare male name when it made the boys' top 1,000 in the United States in the 1900s, it is virtually unknown in that role today. Practically everyone does not see this name as unisex, but feminine only.  9/5/2007
I hate it. The name is hopelessly old-fashioned, and it has an unpleasant ending. When you combine the ''th'' sound and the ''ulll'' sound, it just sounds ugly.
slight night shiver  5/23/2008
I have to laugh whenever I hear this name. It makes me think of that Ray Stevens song "The Streak" (Ethel, put your clothes back on!).
welovejamesarness  7/21/2008
Although the name Ethel has a soft sound and a nice meaning, I don't like it. I have a relative with this name and she goes by her middle name because she says Ethel sounds like a kind of gasoline.
KayeKiLa  8/13/2008
Ethel Hallow is a character in the children's stories "The Worst Witch", by Jill Murphy. She is portrayed as being a not-very-nice character, and arch nemesis of the heroine of the books, Mildred Hubble. Despite this, I think it's a lovely name. :)
walesgal92  2/22/2009
A famous bearer was American singer Ethel Azama (August 1934 – March 1984). She was well-known for her night club and hotel performances in Hawaii, America, and Australia.
AndrewJKD  7/9/2009
I don't know anything about the origin or anything but all I know is this name makes me think of an ugly girl with buck teeth.
sarah_laraine  10/1/2009
It's spelled nicely, but this name is so ugly sounding. I can't imagine why it was ever popular.
slyboots  11/15/2009
I'm sort of shocked that nobody has mentioned Ethel Waters, an African-American musical theater star whose performance of the song "Suppertime" in the musical As Thousands Cheer is considered one of the greatest musical theater performances of all time.
popular1  1/7/2010
Dame Ethel Smythe, English composer.
Anton  3/9/2010
This is my favourite girl's name. I think it sounds so sweet, soft, feminine, and classic. But I don't think I could never name my child Ethel, because everyone thinks it is such an ugly name. "Old granny name". Too bad. :(
sseims  4/1/2010
I like this name, why does everyone think it is an old ladies name? Alright, maybe I just like it because I study old English, and automatically think of Æðelþryð, Æðelflæd and other awesome Anglo Saxon persons. The name needs hip young ladies to give it a revival it deserves.
Bealofull  6/17/2010
I really like this name and I am going to name my daughter Ethel when she is born. My family and I pronounce it Eth-ell, like the 'ell' in Ella, not Eth-Ull. I do not particularly like it with the 'ull' sound at the end. I know that a fair few people do not like it and it is considered 'old-fashioned', which does not bother me and if the baby does not like it then she can go by her middle name.
I was called Ella in the 80s and it was considered an old lady name, now it is on all the top-ten lists, perhaps the same will happen to Ethel.
DeTamble  7/2/2010
Ethel is such a soft and pretty name. It makes a nice nickname for Aethelthryth.
silenthistories  7/17/2010
Ethel Shannon was an actress.
bathos  8/21/2010
Ethel Skakel is the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.
bathos  9/5/2010
This name is gross. It sounds like a chemical name. D:
Chrila96  9/27/2010
I don't like this name, it sounds too lispy.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2010
Name of the Day: March 12, 2011.
AndrewJKD  3/13/2011
I love the name, I think the name has a nice ring, it's soft, pretty, and I've always preferred the 'yll' sound to the 'Elle' (it's a bit spunkier)
But I think it's still too dated for baby use. Maybe in another 10-15 years.
Vesey  4/6/2011
I think Ethel is the definitive old lady name. Can't imagine anyone using it nowadays but anything's possible.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
Lily Allen (singer) and her husband Sam Cooper named their first daughter Ethel Mary (born 11/25/11).
Nyx  1/4/2012
I can't believe I ever used to like this name! It's so disgusting, it reminds me of an old lady but when I was younger I really wanted to be called Ethel?!?!?!
annon  1/31/2012
This is my grandma's name. She doesn't like her name. It was trendy but going down in popularity when she was born. It made her and my family dislike trendy names. She has a lot of female descendants, but none of them are named Ethel. She told people not to use it. I would not recommend this name.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2012
"Big" Ethel Muggs is the lanky and bucktooth admirer of Jughead Jones in the Archie Comic universe.
JoReia  8/31/2012
Name of the Day: March 12, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2013
Why must everyone automatically dislike a name because it is old? I don't LOVE this name, however I don't dislike it either. In fact I have a book character named Ethel. I think it sounds nice. And fun and youthful.
(Not like an old lady).
― Anonymous User  4/22/2013
Ethel Cooper, daughter of Lily Rose Cooper (ne Allen).

I believe that Lily Rose and Sam Cooper likely named their first born after Ethel Archer, the author the Whirlpool and close friend to Alister Crowley.

Such naming likely reflects the families ongoing obsession with the occult and Alister Crowley, possibly black magick also.
justin james roche  3/3/2014
This name is cute and I love the "noble" meaning. :)
― Anonymous User  8/31/2014
So evil. Hard to say without disliking it.
Hushpuppy  8/31/2014
I like it. It might not be good for a child, but you have to grow old too.
Clairesmigiel  3/8/2015
I like it. It does sound better on an older woman than a baby, though.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2015
There's, of course, the character Ethel off of "I Love Lucy," but anyway, I actually like this name kind of a lot.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2015
Frances Ethel Gumm was the birth name of Judy Garland.
Theodore-Lenin  5/30/2015
This site is the first time in my 86 years that my name exactly describes me because of its history. I was named for my maternal Hungarian grand mom who lived and died in Hungary. Well, I describe myself an USA Anglo-Jewess.
noblelady  9/27/2015
My name is Ethel and I was born in 2003. I used to hate that name because it was very difficult for people I met and my friends to pronounce it, and I cannot explain how many times people said I had a granny name or misspelled it but as I grew older, I started to like that name because I have never come across anyone else with the same name as me. Sure it would be really cool to meet another Ethel, but I like being unique. For now, I'm convinced that I am the youngest Ethel out there, but who knows...
Ethical_0501  4/8/2016
I just named my baby Ethelynn. Ethel was my grandmother's name and I loved her more than anything. I think that it is a beautiful old name!
Rmc183  5/28/2016
My Spanish teacher in ninth grade was named Ethel, pronounced Etel (she claims this is the Mexican pronunciation). I'm not a big fan of this name, I have to admit.
1836732  6/9/2016
Ethel was given to 12 girls in America in 2015.
cutenose  6/11/2016
This is a chicken/egg or cause/effect situation.

The ONLY reason for Ethel being thought of as an old lady's name is that it's become less frequently given to girls. Those remaining named Ethel get older each year.

Popular entertainers including professional athletes names' have displaced the names of genuinely admirable people from history, people who accomplished something of lasting value.
Pssst3  1/4/2017
Welp. I'm thinking of changing a character's name in my story now. I thought Ethel was a great name, and I've grown to love it. I gave it to one of my characters that had a twin brother named Elliot. Ethel and Elliot. I though it sounded nice, until somebody told me it sounds like an old lady's name. I went into a research frenzy and found out that yes, that is how it is viewed. Even here there are only a few people supporting the name. And even worse, my character is a GUY. (I mean, the name kinda had male origins?) Anyway, his original name was Ethan, but that was way too common and I wanted to go unique. I guess I went too far...
― Anonymous User  1/8/2017
Even though it's 2017 and not the 1950's, I still like this name. I don't care if it sounds like a grandma name.
RomanCS02  2/12/2017
Ethel is the name of the girl Kev and V fostered on Shameless.
chockyboo  3/8/2017
Ethel sounds a little old fashioned, but is still cute.
chockyboo  3/8/2017
Ethel Roosevelt Derby (1891-1977) was the younger daughter (and only daughter from his second marriage) and fourth child of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Morgan1599  12/4/2017
I like Ethel. It reminds me of Estelle or Estella which is cool. I don't think it sounds that old ladyish and it dropped out of the top 1000 a while ago.
XironDarkstar  1/14/2018
I'm sorry but this name sounds masculine to me.
FortuneSoldier93  3/12/2018
58%? Ah, such a shame. I've always liked this name. It sounds like the name of a classy, elegant and strong woman. This name along with others like it (Millicent, Gertrude, Agnes, etc) all get a bad rap purely because so many people think they sound like old lady names, but to me, they're vastly underrated.
TheGreatCornholio  3/12/2018

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