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[ee-thuh n] /ˈi θən/
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “strength.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "And like as not they heard us cheering when we glimpsed the lake, and cleared out in a big hurry," Ethan went on to say.

  • Ethan writ me the money would be here by to-day, at the furthest.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • “So I see,” remarked Ethan, as he calmly picked up his oars and resumed his labors.

    Camping on the St. Lawrence Everett T. Tomlinson
  • Ethan was helping her, and Fanny, not yet a proficient in the art, was doing what she could to assist.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • "Jessie Ball is bent on impressing Ethan," thought the pitiless young observer.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
Word Origin and History for Ethan

masc. proper name, from Hebrew ethan "strong, permanent, perennial, ever-flowing" (of rivers).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ethan in the Bible

firm. (1.) "The Ezrahite," distinguished for his wisdom (1 Kings 4:31). He is named as the author of the 89th Psalm. He was of the tribe of Levi. (2.) A Levite of the family of Merari, one of the leaders of the temple music (1 Chr. 6:44; 15:17, 19). He was probably the same as Jeduthun. He is supposed by some to be the same also as (1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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