Ethel is an Old English word meaning "noble", frequently attested in Anglo-Saxon names. "Ethel" is derived from æthel, also spelled aethel and ethel. In Anglo-Saxon times it was a common first element in names e.g. "Ethelbert", "Etheldreda". The use of the element "Ethel" as an independent name is modern probably being initiated in the mid-19th century due to the name's being borne by characters in novels by W. M. Thackeray (The Newcomes - 1855) and Charlotte Mary Yonge (The Daisy Chain whose heroine Ethel's full name is Etheldred - 1856); the actress Ethel Barrymore - born 1879 - was named after The Newcomes character. Notes & Queries published correspondence about the name Ethel in 1872 because it was in fashion. Ethel's popularity increased during the first decades of the twentieth century to decline abruptly by the century's midpoint.

Ethel may mean:

  • the Anglo-Saxon Odal (rune)
  • Œ, a letter formed from a ligature of o and e
  • Ethel (string quartet)
  • Ethel the Frog (band), a British heavy metal band from the late 1970s
  • Ethel (XM), an XM satellite radio channel
  • Ethel, Ontario, Canada
  • Ethel, Mississippi, USA
  • Ethel, Missouri, USA
  • Ethel, Washington, USA
  • Ethel D. Allen (1929-1981), the first African-American woman to serve on Philadelphia City Council
  • Ethel Anderson (1883–1958), Australian poetess, essayist, novelist and painter
  • Ethel Percy Andrus (1884–1967), educator and founder of AARP
  • Ethel Armes (1876–1945), American journalist and historian
  • Ethel Armitage (1873–1957), British archer and 1908 Olympic competitor
  • Ethel Ayler (born 1934), American stage and film actress
  • Ethel Azama (1934–1984), American jazz and popular singer
  • Ethel Barrymore (1879–1959), American stage and screen actress
  • Ethel Bentham (1861–1931), English doctor, politician and suffragette
  • Ethel Blondin-Andrew (born 1951), Canadian politician and parliamentarian
  • Ethel Catherwood (1908–1987), American high jump gold medalist in the 1928 Olympics
  • Ethel Clayton (1882–1966), American silent film actress
  • Ethel Hays (1892–1989), American cartoonist and illustrator
  • Ethel Kennedy (born 1928), American widow of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Ethel MacDonald (1909–1960), Scottish anarchist, activist and propagandist
  • Ethel Merman (1908–1984), American actress and singer
  • Ethel L. Payne (1911–1991), African American journalist
  • Ethel Roosevelt Derby (1891–1977), younger daughter of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1915–1953), American executed for espionage
  • Ethel Schwabacher (1903–1984), American abstract expressionist painter
  • Ethel Shannon (1898–1951), American silent film actress
  • Ethel Smith (organist) (1910–1996), American organist and recording artist
  • Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), English composer and women's suffrage leader
  • Ethel Turner (1872–1958), Australian novelist and children's writer
  • Ethel Lilian Voynich (1864–1960), English novelist and musician
  • Ethel Waters (1896–1977), American blues and jazz vocalist and actress
Fictional characters
  • Big Ethel, from Archie Comics
  • Ethel Mertz, from the television program I Love Lucy
  • Ethel Skinner, in the British soap opera EastEnders
  • Ethel Hallow, from The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
  • Eth of The Glums on Take It From Here
  • Ethel Mertz, a Richard Christy character from The Howard Stern Show
  • Ethel (film)
  • Ethel Austin, British clothing retailer with a Northern-United Kingdom based network of 60 stores

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Strangled Harmony - Cast
... Burns - Jabbs Walter Stull - Pokes Billy Ruge - Runt Ethel Marie Burton - Ethel (as Ethel Burton) Oliver Hardy - (as Babe Hardy) Frank Hanson Edna Reynolds ...
Ethel, Ontario
... Ethel is a hamlet located in northern Huron County, Ontario, Canada and has a population of almost two hundred ... Ethel is home to the Grey Township Fire Department, the Ethel Community Hall, Ethel United Church, Ethel Mennonite Church and the Ethel Ball Park ... Grey Central Public School is located just outside of Ethel and educates students from junior kindergarten to grade eight ...
Athletics At The 1928 Summer Olympics – Women's High Jump - Records
... World Record 1.58 Ethel Catherwood Regina (CAN) September 6, 1926 1.58 Lien Gisolf Brussels (BEL) July 3, 1928 1.60(*) Marjorie Clark London (GBR) June 23, 1928 1.60 ...
List Of East Enders Characters (1989) - Reggie Thompson
... played by John Rutland, lives in sheltered accommodation, along with Ethel Skinner (Gretchen Franklin) ... Prosper Estate, are intending to go on a coach trip to Clacton in December 1989 and Reggie asks Ethel to go along too ... Reggie is a bit of a cad and initially tells Ethel that he can't commit to being her dance partner as he has too many other female suitors he doesn't want to disappoint ...
Agnes Ethel
... Agnes Ethel (May 1, 1846 - May 26, 1903) was a Broadway actress of the late 19th century ... Her married name was Agnes Ethel Tracy ...

Famous quotes containing the word ethel:

    The very “in” had babies the same time Ethel [Kennedy] did, in the same hospital, with the same obstetrician ...
    Barbara Howar (b. 1934)