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