Meaning and Name Origin
Ernst \e-rn-st, er-nst\ as a name for boys. Ernst's name origin is Old German, and the meaning of the name Ernst is "serious business; battle to the death". Ernst is a variation of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost. Somewhat uncommon as a name for boys.
Ernst is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2044 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ernst for boys. Ernst reached its top position of #489 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ernst and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Ernst appearing in the Top 1000 are Ernesto (#651 last year), Ernest (#880), Earnest and Ernie. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during 1940-1949 and is now much lower, with the forms Ernest, Ernst, Ernie and Earnest becoming less in vogue. Ernesto (#651) is the most fashionable baby name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)