What does Ernestine mean?
Ernestine \e-rnesti-ne, er-nes-tine\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Ernestine) is pronounced er-ness-TEEN. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Ernestine is "serious; battle to the death". Elaborated feminine form of Ernest, created in the 19th century.
Ernestine is a very popular first name for females (#409 out of 4276, Top 10%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ernestine for girls. Ernestine reached its top rank of #210 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Ernestine and related names. Popular variation forms of Ernestine are Earnestine, Erna and Ernestina. Usage of this girl name reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 and has become much less since, with the forms Earnestine, Erna, Ernestina and Ernestine becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)