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What does Ernesta mean?

Ernesta Pronunciation of Ernesta [ernes-ta] as a name for girls is of Old German origin, and the name Ernesta means "serious; battle to the death". Ernesta is a variant form of Ernestine (Old German): elaborated feminine version of Ernest. See also Erna and Nesta.

Associated with: battle.


5 alternative forms via Ernestine: Erna, Ernesha, Ernestina, Ernestyna and Ernesztina.

Creative forms:
(female) Enesta, Ernesa, ..

(male) Erest, Erneser, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ernesta Kayley (E.K.), ..

How popular is Ernesta?

Ernesta is an unusual given name for women. Ernesta is an equivalently unusual last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Ernestine, Ernestina and Erna are the popular variation forms of Ernesta (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Ernestyna, are uncommon. These forms of Ernesta were at the height of their popularity 95 years ago (median #530). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erna, Ernestina, Ernestine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ernesta and related baby names outside U.S.