What does Ernst mean?
Ernst [ernst] as a name for boys is an Old German name, and the meaning of the name Ernst is "serious business; battle to the death". Ernst is an alternate spelling of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost.
Associated with: battle (war).
(male) Erinst, Ernel, ..
(female) Ernsti, Ernta, ..
How popular is Ernst?
Ernst is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1775 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name history of Ernst for boys. Ernst was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #557 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source form and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Ernst are Ernesto (#641 last year), Ernest (#956), Earnest and Ernie. Usage of these forms of Ernst was at its highest a century ago (usage of 0.8%) and is now much lower, with forms such as Earnest going out of style.