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What does Ernie mean?

Ernie /er-nie/ as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and the name Ernie means "serious business; battle to the death". Ernie is a version, with the suffix -ie, of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost.

Associated with: battle (war).


Ernie has 1 variant: Erno.

Ernie has 2 more alternative forms via Ernest: Ern and Ernst.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Eanie, Ednie, ..

(female) Ernieda, Erniela, ..

How popular is Ernie?

Ernie is a very prominent first name for men (#560 out of 1220, Top 46%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Ernie for boys. Ernie reached its top position of #373 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not listed currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ernie name in U.S.

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

Ernest (#880 in 2014) and Ernst are the popular variation forms of Ernie appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Ernie was at its peak during 1890-1899 (adoption of 0.7%) and has become much lower since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ernie, Ernest, Ernst in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Ernie is pronounced similarly to Arnau, Arney, Arni, Arnie, Arno, Arnoe, Arnou, Arnow, Arnowe and Arny. Other suggested similar names are Ardie, Arie, Arlie, Artie, Arvie, Barnie, Bernie, Birnie, Burnie, Danie, Earlie, Ebbie, Eddie, Eirnin, Elie, Enis, Enne, Ennio, Ennis, Eri, Eric, Erie, Erik, Erin, Eriq, Erix, Erki, Erle, Erlie, Ermin, Ernan, Ernin, Erric, Erve, Ervin, Ervine, Erwin, Eryle and Tonie. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ernie.