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What does Earnest mean?

Earnest Pronunciation of Earnest as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and the name Earnest means "serious business; battle to the death". Earnest is a version of Ernest (Old German): from the word eornost.


ASSOCIATED WITH battle (war)


RELATIONS VIA ERNEST Ernesto, Ernestus, Erneszt, Ernst



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How popular is Earnest?

Earnest is a very popular first name for men (#380 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#4177 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Earnest reached its highest position of #116 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not in the list at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Earnest are Ernest (#978 VIA LATEST LIST), Ernesto (#721) and Ernst. Other forms, like Erneszt, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Earnest reached its most widespread 128 years ago (USAGE OF 0.8%) and is now significantly diminished, with forms like Ernst becoming less fashionable.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Barnes, Barnet, Barnett, Eames, Earle, Earley, Ennes, Ermes, Everest, Forest, Forrest, Garnet and Garnett. These names tend to be less frequently used than Earnest.

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