What does Ernie mean?
Ernie \e-rnie, 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 derivative of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost. Somewhat uncommonly used as a name for babies.
Ernie▼ has 1 variant: Erno.
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)
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 and has become much lower since, 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)