Origin of the Name Ethel

The name Ethel originated in the 19th century. It’s a feminine old English name. It was the first element of Anglo Saxon names. People named Ethel had originated in eight counties, including the United Kingdom. Ethel has been used as both a name for boys and girls. It is more common as a girl’s name.

Meaning of Ethel

Ethel means noble and righteous.

Popularity of Ethel

About 0.003 percent of the world population is named Ethel. In 1890, Ethel had reached its peak of popularity before a gradual decline and disappearing in the middle of the 20th century. In 2015, Ethel did not make the 100 most popular baby girls’ names in England.

Famous People Named Ethel

Ethel Armitage was an English archer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. Armitage came in 6th place.

Ethel Bentham was a British suffragist in the second decade of the 20th century. She had many occupations, including a women’s doctor, specialising in midwifery, and a radical politician. Bentham was a member of many female organisations and ran unsuccessfully as a member of the Labour party for Kensington City Council.

Ethel Smyth was a member of the women’s suffrage movement and was a composer. She wrote many operas, including Der Wald in 1903.

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