A variant name was "Etter". Some say Etterville was named after Samuel Etter, a liquor producer, while others believe the community has the name of the local Etter family. A post office called Etter was established in 1903, the name was changed to Etterville in 1904, and the post office closed in 2000.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Etterville
- "Miller County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
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