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What does Ernst mean?

Ernst Pronunciation of 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)


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ERNEST Earnest, Ern, Ernesto, Ernestus, Erneszt, Ernie, Erno

(male) Ernel, ..

(female) Ernta, ..

Ernst Aziel (E.A.), ..

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)

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, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Ernst are Ernesto (#721 LAST YEAR), Ernest (#978), 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 Ernie going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Eraste, Ernan, Ernin, Eros, Frost and Krist. Like Ernst, these names are not frequently used.

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