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Ethan - common or suitably middle class?

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nnaturegirl Thu 20-Nov-14 20:05:12

My dh and I love the name Ethan, particularly because we thought it was really unusual, but when we consulted the top baby name lists it appears to have been Top 20 for years (neither of us have ever met an Ethan though). Are we going to find that naming him Ethan means he is one of many of the same name when he gets to school?

Also, being middle class parents, we do not wish to unwittingly bestow a chavvy name on our pfb, but we have no point of reference for Ethan. Is it suitably middle class or does it belong with Kai and Jayden?

Thank you!

Mrsgrumble Thu 20-Nov-14 20:06:53


Are you Katie Hopkins ?

DevonFolk Thu 20-Nov-14 20:07:55

If you like it, use it. I'm a teacher and haven't come across too many in the last 10 years. I also had a very middle class/private school upbringing and didn't come across any that I can remember!

SanityClause Thu 20-Nov-14 20:08:33

Chavvy is a really nasty thing to say.

DevonFolk Thu 20-Nov-14 20:08:43

Mrs grin

sejt Thu 20-Nov-14 20:10:06

it's a bible name isn't it? I like it.

LuluJakey1 Thu 20-Nov-14 20:10:25

There are loads of Ethans at my school- secondary school in a deprived inner city in Sunderland area.

divingoffthebalcony Thu 20-Nov-14 20:10:40

Careful OP, when you bring class into baby naming it's like throwing a hand grenade.

I'll be honest: Ethan isn't really a middle class name, to my ears.

pieceofpurplesky Thu 20-Nov-14 20:10:52

I teach four Ethan's. Evan is more unusual.
I do hope this is a wind up though.

pieceofpurplesky Thu 20-Nov-14 20:11:19

Auto apostrophe

NotMrsTumble Thu 20-Nov-14 20:12:03

Choose the name you like and to help with how "common" it is. BTW though, definitely not chav territory with Ethan here, the two I know of are most definitely very MC. I liked it for our ds2, but DH vetoed it. Ds2's eventual name is one that is very high up the top 10.

Daveface Thu 20-Nov-14 20:13:24

I don't understand the obsession with fearing other children will have the same name.

You can't guarentee any child to be the only one in school with their name. Just pick what you like.

My DD has a top 5 name. I love it. We know others with the same name, others locally with the same name, others who will be in her school year with the same name and I really don't think its a big deal.

NotMrsTumble Thu 20-Nov-14 20:14:31

Hell, not help. Assuming op joking slightly but also not wanting to saddle poor dc with a name that becomes the stereotype of a generation, Kevin the teenager style.

Aimielea Thu 20-Nov-14 20:17:34

It's a lovely name I wouldn't class it as any social class

sejt Thu 20-Nov-14 20:19:49

I don't think Kevin is that bad. confused I think it's more hated in the UK than anywhere else.

whatsagoodusername Thu 20-Nov-14 20:20:12

I have an Ethan. We are middle class.

Occasionally meet one out and about, but none in his preschool or any nursery he has attended.

usualsuspect333 Thu 20-Nov-14 20:20:18

I'm not sure Ethan Bucket goes.

BIWI Thu 20-Nov-14 20:20:52


Welcome to Mumsnet, nnaturegirl.

Just a tad goady for your first post.

Mrsgrumble Thu 20-Nov-14 20:42:40

Ethan Bucket

That's cheered me up

nnaturegirl Thu 20-Nov-14 20:46:53

Apologies - hadn't meant to offend anyone with my post. I'd meant it to come across more tongue in cheek than it obviously has. Thanks NotMrsTumble, it is really about not wanting to saddle the child with a name that has unintended connotations.

burgatroyd Thu 20-Nov-14 21:04:55

How about Nathan? Or Nathanial. That's quite posh.

spamanderson Thu 20-Nov-14 21:25:52

I love Ethan, I wouldn't call it 'chavvy', particularly middle class or posh, just a nice name.

TheCowThatLaughs Thu 20-Nov-14 21:32:15

I knew brothers called Kai and Ethan. Does that help at all? wink
I think of Ethan as a sort of "surfer dude" name

Leviticus Thu 20-Nov-14 21:38:51

I could tell you were being funny OP and it made me laugh.

I know a few under 5 Ethans. All from reasonable stock.

AllMimsyWereTheBorogoves Thu 20-Nov-14 21:41:42

A very mc-sounding woman in The Archers has just had a baby called Ethan, if that helps.

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