What does Earnest mean?
Associated with: battle (war).
(male) Earnea, Earnel, ..
(female) Earnes, Earnet, .. Middle name pairings:
Earnest Ricardo (E.R.), ..
How popular is Earnest?
Earnest is a very popular first name for men (#380 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#4177 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Earnest reached its highest position of #116 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Earnest are Ernest (#956 via latest list), Ernesto (#641) and Ernst. Other forms, like Erneszt, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Earnest reached its most widespread 125 years ago (usage of 0.8%) and is now significantly diminished, with forms like Ernst becoming less fashionable.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Barnes, Barnet, Barnett, Eames, Earle▼, Earley, Ennes, Ermes, Everest, Forest▼, Forrest▼, Garnet and Garnett. These names tend to be less frequently used than Earnest.See names in meaning and etymology.