Here is something you may not know: Jethro is a name straight out of the Bible. These days, most people associate it with an iconic 1960s sitcom character or even a rock band more than they do its biblical origins though. It's never been super popular in the United States, except for one year back in 1913 when it made the list of the top 1,000 names for boys. However, since boys' names that end in “O” are in right now, we could see it making a comeback, especially if you pair it with a trendy middle name.

Meaning of the name Jethro:

Hebrew: Overflow, more than enough

Origin of the name Jethro:

Jethrow is derived from the Hebrew “Yithrô.” It means “overflow” or “more than enough.”

Symbolism of the name Jethro:

There is plenty of room for symbolism for the baby name Jethro. First, new parents of the Christian faith may choose it because it is biblical. Based on its meaning, new parents may see it as a symbol that their hearts are “overflowing” with love upon laying eyes on their new baby. Fans of the rock band Jethro Tull or the “Beverly Hillbillies” character Jethro Bodine may also choose it as a symbol of pop culture.

baby name Jethro

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Gender of the name Jethro:

Jethro is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Jethro:


Number of syllables in the name Jethro:


Emotion evoked from the name Jethro:

The baby name Jethro evokes images of someone who is stylish, diplomatic, and a good friend.

Alternative spellings for the name Jethro:

  • Jethroe

Nicknames for the name Jethro:

  • Jet
  • Jett
  • Roe

Popularity of the name Jethro:

According to the Social Security Administration, Jethro was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in 1913. It ranked at number 922 that year.

Related names for the name Jethro:

  • Jerry
  • Jerico
  • Jerod 
  • Jerard
  • Jerron

Great middle names for Jethro and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Jethro:

  • Jethro Burns (musician)
  • Jethro Franklin (football coach)
  • Jethro Pugh (football player)
  • Jethro Tull (agricultural pioneer and namesake for the band)
  • Jethro (comedian)

Jethros in popular culture:

  • Jethro Bodine (character on the Beverly Hillbillies)
  • Jethro (character on the TV show “OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes”)
  • Jethro Creighton (character in the book “Across Five Aprils”)
  • Leroy Jethro Gibbs (character on the TV show “NCIS”)
  • Albert Jethro ‘A.J.' Chegwidden (character on the TV show “Jag”)