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Meaning and name origin

Ernest \e-rne-st, er-nest\ as a boy's name is pronounced ERN-ist. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Ernest is "serious business; battle to the death". From the word eornost. Literary: Oscar Wilde's comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest" makes the name Earnest a key feature of the plot. The name however is only distantly related with the English word. Author Ernest Hemingway; actor Ernest Borgnine; entertainer Ernie Kovacs.

Ernest has 9 variant forms: Earnest, Ern, Ernestine, Ernesto, Ernestus, Erneszt, Ernie, Erno and Ernst.

There are 2 feminine forms of Ernest: Erna and Ernestine.


Ernest is a very popular first name for males (#86 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5500 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ernest for boys (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ernest name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ernest outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ernest and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Earnest, Ernest, Ernesto, Ernie and Ernst. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Earnest, Ernest, Ernesto, Ernie, Ernst in U.S.

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

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A suggested similar baby name is Ermes. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ernest.


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