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What does Ernie mean?

Ernie /er-nie/ [2 sylls.] 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 of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost. Erni is a common surname.


Ernie has 1 variant: Erno.

Ernie has 7 more alternative forms via Ernest: Earnest, Ern, Ernestine, Ernesto, Ernestus, Erneszt and Ernst.

Kreatif forms: Eanie, Elnie, Ernieea. [more]

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. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ernie for boys. Ernie reached its top position of #392 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Earnest, Ernest (#880 in 2014), Ernesto (#651) and Ernst are the popular variation forms of Ernie appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its peak during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.5884%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0938%, down 84.1%), with the forms Earnest, Ernest, Ernie and Ernst becoming less in vogue. Ernesto (#651) is the most fashionable baby name here. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Ernie and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ernie, Earnest, Ernest, Ernesto, 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 Arni, Arnie and Arnoe. Other suggested similar baby names are Erie, Erin, Erlie, Ernin and Erwin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ernie.