What does Ernesto mean?
Ernesto /ern-esto/ as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Ernesto is "serious business; battle to the death". Ernesto is a Spanish form of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost.
How popular is Ernesto?
Ernesto is a very popular first name for males (#335 out of 1220, Top 27%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#84631 out of 150436, Top 56%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ernesto for boys. Ernesto was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #307 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #651 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Ernesto and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Ernesto (#651 2 years ago) are Ernest (#880 2 years ago), Ernst, Earnest and Ernie. Other variants, like Ern, are seldom used. These forms of Ernesto were at the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 (average #411) and are now significantly less common (#906, ▼84.1%), with the forms Ernest, Ernie, Ernst and Earnest becoming less fashionable. Ernesto has been the most prominent. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)