Of Hebrew origin.
It means “strong”, “firm”, “solid” in Hebrew.
In the Old Testament, there are several persons named Ethan. The most notable Ethan of the Old Testament is known as a wise man.
The name was not used in the English speaking world until the Protestant Reformation.
In the United States it was regularly used due to American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen.
Its popularity has risen following the success of the “Mission Impossible” film series, due to the character played by Tom Cruise, named Ethan.
Alternative forms of the name are Eitan, Ethen, Eytan, Etan, Eathen.
Ethan is a popular name in Canada, United States, France, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Scotland, England and Wales.
Famous bearers are Ethan Hawke, Ethan Coen, Ethan Peck, Ethan Zohn.
Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor, director and writer.
His breakthrough role was in the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society”, followed by films such as “Reality Bites”, “Before Sunrise”, “Gattaca”, “Great Expectations”, “Training Day”, “Before Sunset”, “Boyhood”, etc.