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.
(male) Enesto, Eronesto, ..
(female) Ernea, Ernes, ..
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 reached its apex rank of #310 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #651 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Ernesto and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Ernesto (#651 last year) are Ernest (#880 last year), Ernst and Earnest. Other variants, like Erno, are seldom used. These forms of Ernesto were at the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 (average #662) and are now significantly less common (#1382, ▼96%), with forms like Earnest falling out of fashion.
Recommended names are Anasto, Argento, Aristo, Celesto, Ennes, Erasmo, Eraste, Erastos, Erberto (see Herbert), Ermes, Honesto, Kristo, Madesto (see Modesto), Medesto (see Modesto), Modesto and Sesto. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ernesto.