Let’s get one thing straight: the name Ethel absolutely stands the test of time. The rise in Ethel’s popularity can be traced to the American sitcom “I Love Lucy,” with Ethel Mertz as the beloved character forever in our hearts. There’s also Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy.
The more historical roots of this name are sourced from the Old English word that means “noble.” The full version of Ethal is Etheldreda, and the first baby girl who was titled with the name goes back to about 1840. Ethel Barrymore is considerably the most famous person to carry this name, alongside Ethel Waters and Ethel Smyth.
Miriam is the oldest-known form of Mary. With Hebrew roots, the original meaning is somewhat uncertain, but theories suggest it means "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved," and can be a sincere way to express your affection to your sweet newborn. More relaxed nicknames: Miri, Mira, and Mimi.
Famous Miriams include Moses' sister (the very first, O.G. Miriam) and the much more recent actress and singer Miriam Shor. Miriam Makeba is high on the list of Miriam the famous, and she brings along with her Miriam Margolyes, tennis player Miriam Oremans and Nervo (duo), who was initially named Miriam.
As a result of the popular TV by the same moniker, "Jane the Virgin," the name has become a trendy name for parents looking to really make a statement about how much they’re not trying to make a statement. Jane first evolved as a popular name during medieval times when it was used as an alternative to the name Joan.
The meaning of the name Jane God is gracious and is associated with royalty and prestige. As for the famous Janes in our archive, the list is endless. From Jane Austen to Jane Fonda, Jane Goodall, and Jane Seymour, this name will forever be a favorite among new moms to new baby girls.
What is there to say about Minnie other than it's a sweet, quirky name with a lot of heart? Walt Disney announced this name's arrival when it was given to one of the brand's most iconic and loved female cartoon characters. Minnie is short for Maximina, Minerva, Guillermina, and Wilhelmina, but it can also stand independently.
So, which famous Minneys do we know besides Driver? There's the astonishing music composer, Minnie Riperton, the Cuban sportsman Minnie Miñoso (you didn't expect a Minnie man, now did you?), and the wonderful actress Minnie Pearl. Oh, and let's not forget Minerva McGonagall, the most badass character in the Harry Potter franchise.
Parents, take note: Ruth is a name that is truly special. The first record of this name appears in the Bible (in fact, it appears in The Book of Ruth, so you can say the name started out with a bang) and proved to be incredibly popular in the 1990s.
If parents are speculating if Ruth's noble definition still exists today, there is no more renowned example than former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, R.I.P. There is also the astonishing Dinah Washington, who was born by the name Ruth Lee Jones, the wild Ruth Westheimer, one of the greatest therapists and educators in her field, and the legendary Ruth Etting.