The name Ethel ranked 125th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
This is an element in a number of Ancient Germanic names, such as Ethelinda, Etheldreda and Ethelberta.
It was a practice of the Anglo-Saxons (who ruled Britain before the Norman Conquest and spoke an Ancient Germanic tongue) to name several offspring using common name elements. Three daughters in the same family named Ethelinda, Etheldreda and Ethelberta would not have been unusual.
Arts and Music
Ethel Leginska (born 1880, died 1970)
American conductor and musician.
Founded the Boston Philharmonic in 1926 (see list of Conductors)
Ethel Percy Andrus (born 1884, died 1967)
Founder of the American Association of Retired Persons.