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What does Ernesta mean?

Ernesta /er-nes-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, with the suffix -a, of Ernestine (Old German): elaborated feminine version of Ernest. See also Erna and Nesta.

Associated with: battle


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

Kreatif forms:
(female) Enesta, Erinesta, ..

(male) Erneser, Ernesian, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 94 years ago (median #530). Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Ernesta and associated names. (2014 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.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Agneta, Aneeta, Aneta, Anetta, Areta, Aretta, Argenta, Arleta, Arletta, Arnessa, Arnetta, Arnita, Benetta, Berneta, Bretta, Brieta, Brunetta, Calesta, Cinetta, Conetta, Crista, Crysta, Darnetta, Donetta, Earletta, Eberta, Egberta, Elberta, Elesha, Elletta, Eneida, Erena, Erisha, Erletta, Erlette, Ervette, Evetta, Eyvetta (see Evette), Finetta, Genista, Ginetta, Ginista (see Genista), Greeta, Inesita, Inetta, Janetta, Jonetta, Kineta, Kinetta, Leneta, Linetta, Lunetta, Lynetta, Majesta, Minetta, Modesta, Nineta, Ninetta, Oreta, Oretta, Ornetta (see Arnette), Questa, Renetta, Silesta, Trysta, Vaneeta, Vanetta, Venetta, Vesta, Vinetta, Vynetta, Waneeta, Wanetta, Zaneta and Zanetta. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ernesta.